Lights- Little Machines
Sep 29, 2014
Mas Ysa- Worth EP
RIYL: Aphex Twin
Track 2- “Why”
Track 6- “Shame”
Canadian born songwriter/producer Thomas Arsenault has been making some noise under the moniker Mas Ysa. Mas Ysa’s been called a rising artist by Pitchfork and has opened for Deerhunter. And the noise will only get louder as Mas Ysa’s synth and sample driven electronica sound progresses.
The Worth EP is stocked with ambient electronic interludes and instrumental tracks, but they do very little to segue between and supplement other tracks. That point aside, Mas Ysa’s sound is very unique and doesn’t borrow or steal from any contemporaries, which is unusual in a world where every artist tries to sound like the next.
The EP’s standout track is “Why,” which juxtaposes the tale of an unreturned love over a jumpy dance beat. On the track, Arsenault chronicles a conversation, “She said ‘no, no, I don’t want you’ and I said ‘why?’” to which the girl responds, “You’re not that cute.”
“Shame” follows a similar format. The track tells a dark, despairing tale over dancey synth blares and bouncy hip-hop style drum samples.
It’s impossible to file Mas Ysa under a niche genre, because Arsenault is capable of doing so much. If his next release is a little more focused and comprehensive it has the potential to be something really special, and the Worth EP is a step in the right direction. With Bon Iver-like vocals and LCD Soundsystem samples, Mas Ysa bridges genres to make refreshing music.