Montreal-born producer Thomas Arsenault makes his MapleMusic Recordings debut as Mas Ysa with his ‘Worth’ EP. The album’s first single ‘Why’ received Best New Track from Pitchfork ahead of the hockey-themed & self-directed video featuring his brother Nicholas Arsenault. Mas Ysa (pronounced MAAS ee-sa) will head out on a West Coast tour with Lawrence Rothman in February and comes to Toronto for NXNE in June.
Everyone’s favourite story-teller Les Claypool has paired with his old buddy Bryan Kehoe as Duo De Twang to release their debut record ‘Four Foot Shack’. Featuring covers ranging from the best of the Primus catalogue (‘Jerry Was A Racecar Driver’ & ‘Winona’s Big Brown Beaver’) to Bee Gees ‘Stayin’ Alive’ and Alice In Chains ‘Man in The Box’ all recorded in the signature foot-stomping Americana style. “It was very live,” admits Les. “In fact, it was a little difficult, with all the bleed of the stomping and the bass and the vocals. Every now and again you can hear the studio refrigerator come on or the dog barking at something outside in the background. Once it was there, you had to kind of leave it.” Duo De Twang tour the U.S. in March along with a stop at the SXSW festival that month.