Mas Ysa – unveils new track – ‘Arrows’ – Debut Album ‘Seraph’ out July 31st via Downtown Records‏

June 24, 2015
Noah Kalina

Noah Kalina

Shares New Track
Debut Album ‘Seraph’ out 31/7
via Downtown Records


“Mas Ysa’s upcoming album Seraph is shaping up to be one of the best projects of the year” –Noisey

Today, Mas Ysa shares a new track “Arrows,” an emotional club-banger from his upcoming debut album Seraph, out July 24 on Downtown Records. Seraph can be preordered on iTunes here.

Mas Ysa, otherwise known as Thomas Arsenault, says of the track: “Arrows is sort of a Euro club banger, but also a very personal love song. It comes out of me wanting to make a universal, club-ready track but unwittingly giving into emotion.”

Creating Seraph took the better part of a year – it was crafted in Arsenault’s home studio, received additional production help from Steve Rivette (Liars, Black Dice) and was mixed by grammy-nominated Damian Taylor (Björk, Arcade Fire).—but the topics it covers have been haunting the musician for his entire life. “Thematically, there’s a lot of Catholic guilt and shame,” he says of the album, which is named for a kind of angel.  “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.”

Listen to “Gun” (feat. Nicole Miglis of Hundred Waters)


While Seraph is his first full-length record, Arsenault is no newcomer. In 2013, after playing shows supporting Purity Ring and Deerhunter, the first Mas Ysa track, “Why,” was released and named a “Best New Track” by Pitchfork. The following year the Worth EP came out, nabbing another “Best New Track” nod for the song “Shame” and propelling Arsenault into the international spotlight with subsequent gigs around the world and across the United States. The Fader called him “an artist whose sound has arrived fully minted,” while Noisey noted “in Mas Ysa’s hands, every emotion feels titanic.” Thanks to his indefinable sound and wide appeal, Mas Ysa has since toured with bands including Delorean, EMA, Hundred Waters and Young Fathers and has played festivals such as Primavera, Pitchfork, Fun Fun Fun, Hopscotch, Northside, SXSW and NXNE.
Mas Ysa on tour:
6/26 Millvale, PA – Mr Smalls Theater *
6/27 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop *
6/28 Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch *
6/30 Covington, KY – Madison Live *
7/01 St. Louis, MO – Firebird *
7/02 Lincoln, NE – Vega *
7/03 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge *
7/05 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge *
7/07 Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl *
7/08 Seattle, WA – Neumos *
7/09 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios *
7/11 San Francisco, CA – Phono Del Sol *
7/13 Los Angeles, CA – Bardot #
7/14 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory *
7/15 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar *
7/17 Austin, TX – Red 7 *
7/18 Dallas, TX – Club Dada *
7/19 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s *
7/21 Atlanta, GA – The Earl *
7/22 Ashville, NC – The Mothlight *
7/23 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall *
7/24 Philadelphia, PA – Voyeur *
7/25 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair *
7/27 Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right ^

* w/ Tanlines
# Free School Night! w/ Phantoms, Corsica Arts Club & Fort Lean
^ RECORD RELEASE PARTY w/ Wish, Michael Baharie & Kelsey Lu
Mas Ysa – Seraph
(July 31, 2015 – Downtown Records)

1. Seraph
2. Margarita
3. Look Up
4. Sick
5. Suffer
6. Gun
7. Service
8. Garden
9. Arrows
10. I Have Some
11. Running
12. Don’t Make

Preorder Seraph on iTunes here:

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