|Years active 2012–present|
Name Mas Ysa
|Members Thomas Arsenault|
Albums Seraph, Worth
|Born August 28, 1983 (age 32)
Montreal, Quebec (1983-08-28) |
Origin Brooklyn, New York City
Record labels Downtown Records, MapleMusic Recordings, The Social Registry
Genres Synthpop, Avant-garde, Alternative dance
Similar People Tanlines, Hundred Waters, Delorean, Damian Taylor, Circulatory System
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Mas Ysa is the stage name of Thomas Arsenault, an artist. A native of Montreal, Mas Ysa began writing electronic music in high school while living in São Paulo, Brazil and later attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied Modern Composition. Mas Ysa is managed by Rich Zerbo, founder of the NYC-based record label The Social Registry.
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- Background and history
- 2013 2014: Formation & Worth EP
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Background and history
In 2012 Arsenault began working with Merce Cunningham Dance Company alumnus Rashaun Mitchell on a score for his modern dance piece Interface. Mas Ysa performed the score with the Rashaun Mitchell Dance Company at the Concord Academy in July 2012 and at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York in March 2013.
His studio, which he was forced to vacate in the Spring of 2013, was closely associated Brooklyn's "Kent avenue music scene" as it was housed in the same building as 285 Kent, Glasslands and Death By Audio; and was used to make records by Teengirl Fantasy, Laurel Halo, EMA and Light Asylum.
As a video artist, Arsenault's work has been featured at exhibitions at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and at the 2012 Art Basel festival in Miami, FL
2013 - 2014: Formation & Worth EP
Adopting the Mas Ysa name, Arsenault began playing show in Brooklyn in 2012 and, in April 2013 Mas Ysa toured the Southern United States with Deerhunter. In May 2013, he supported Purity Ring as part of the Downtown Music Festival.
On September 16, 2013 Pitchfork Media debuted the first publicly released Mas Ysa track "Why" and announced his signing to Downtown Records. On September 18, Pitchfork designated the song one of their "Best New Tracks".
On December 18, 2013, Pitchfork Media debuted the self-directed video for "Why" and released the details of Mas Ysa's debut EP, Worth.
Mas Ysa remixed the track Unhold by Delorean in January 2014 and supported the band on their appearances in the North East.
Mas Ysa's nine track debut EP "Worth" was released February 4 by MapleMusic Recordings in Canada & Downtown Records in the rest of the world - it was met with positive reviews and holds a weighted score of 72 on Metacritic.
Two tracks from the EP were remixed; a remix of Years by Dutch E. Germ of Gang Gang Dance premiered on Stereogum and a remix of the track Why by Chicago Juke producer Traxman was released
On February 6, 2014, Pitchfork Media posted the track "Shame" from the Worth EP and again gave it the designation of "Best New Track".
Mas Ysa performed his first live on air radio appearance on February 19, 2014 on KEXP while on touring the West Coast with Lawrence Rothman.
In May 2014 Mas Ysa played his first two shows in Europe making appearances at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain and NOS Primavera Sound in Porto, Portugal. Pitchfork Media chronicled the NOS Primavera appearance in a Documentary which aired on their site.
Following tours supporting the band EMA on the West Coast and Hundred Waters on the East Coast, Mas Ysa performed at the Pitchfork Music Festival on July 19, 2014.