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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mas Ysa Releases "Arrows" Ahead of Phono Del Sol

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 10:35 AM

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Mas Ysa, the moniker Thomas Arsenault releases his music under, released a Euro club banger called "Arrows" off his upcoming debut album Seraph.

The track starts at a low murmur before exposing a brilliant piano, percussion, and wounded vocals that sound like the soft whimper of a heartbroken man. "Arrows" is an engaging mix of '80s synth pop, techno, and dreamy M83 tones that builds momentum throughout the track (like Arsenault's more-confident chorus vocals), before ending on a high-energy dance part.

Seraph, out July 24 on Downtown Records, took the better part of a year to craft inside Arsenault's home studio. And when it was finished, the artist noticed traces of influence he hadn't intentionally injected into the album.

"Thematically, there’s a lot of Catholic guilt and shame," Arsenault said in a press release. "I don’t set out to use specific sounds, but looking later at the pallet of choirs, clapping, castanets, flutes — I’ve realized that they are just comforting to me. I think that comes from going to church and coming from very large and close Ecuadorian and French-Canadian families. I don’t actively reference any culture’s sound or instruments, when I noticed later they were all over the place."

Mas Ysa plays Phono Del Sol July 11.

Listen to the track and feel guilty below:

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Matt Saincome is SF Weekly's former music editor.


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