Their first music since 2007, Pop-Punk veterans The Starting Line pick up right where they left off with Anyways EP. The three-song EP, available digitally and on 7″ vinyl, finds a reinvigorated Kenny Vasoli rekindle his love for the genre and translate it into a triumphant return. Montreal duo Love Thy Brother exhibit their take on a standout cut from Mas Ysa’s last release Seraph with a remix of “Arrows“. The group takes the already brilliant single, preserving the vocal melodies and guitar riffs to make it ready for immediate play at the club. Victoria+Jean, the music-making couple from Stockholm and Brussels, respectively, drop the first single from their forthcoming debut Divine Love, “Härligt Sverige”. Translated to English as “Glorious Sweden”, the song indeed validates its title as a wonderful ode to Victoria’s native country.
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Mas Ysa (pronounced maas ee-sa) brings us an album that is both made to pack a dance floor and flow seamlessly into harrowing ballads. Thomas Arsenault’s debut record Seraph carries a massive emotional weight throughout the wide spectrum of tracks. Buy it on iTunes, vinyl and CD today.
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.
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Today, Mas Ysa shares a new track ‘Arrows,’ an emotional club-banger from his upcoming debut album ‘Seraph,’ out July 24 on MapleMusic Recordings.
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.”
Mas Ysa embraces cutting-edge electronic music, but owes plenty to traditional songwriting; songs that are made to pack a dance floor flow seamlessly into harrowing ballads. His newest single ‘Arrows’ off the first full-length record ‘Seraph’ is no different. Check out the KEXP version here.
Sc Mira showcases savory instrumentation, vocals and poetry in ‘Waiting Room Baby’ and features the legendary Buck 65 – a poet in his own right. Watch their puppet-filled video here. Singer/Songwriter JP Hoe brings us his new single ‘Beautifully Crazy’ off the upcoming full length album ‘Hideaway’ – available for pre-order now. Mas Ysa has released ‘Gun,’ the third cutting-edge single from the album ‘Seraph’ featuring Nicole Miglis of Hundred Waters.
Mas Ysa today shares ‘Gun‘ — a new track from his highly anticipated debut album’ Seraph,’ out July 24th via MapleMusic Recordings and Downtown Records. Mas Ysa, the creation of musician Thomas Arsenault, embraces cutting-edge electronic music, but owes plenty to his traditional song-writing skills. It is the entirety of this spectrum that is apparent on ‘Seraph.’ His new single ‘Gun’ features Nicole Miglis of Hundred Waters. Of the track, Arsenault says “Gun’s a duet. I wanted the other side of the story told and not just mine. I’d written it originally with just the male perspective and it felt a bit unsatisfying, so I brought the subject into the song. That was cathartic.”
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Mas Ysa, the creation of musician Thomas Arsenault, will be releasing his long awaited full-length debut, ‘Seraph’ on July 24 via MapleMusic Recordings..
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 (Bjork, Arcade Fire). ‘Seraph’ isn’t electronic music only for the club or dance floor, it’s electronic music for the heart. “This is personal,” Arsenault says. And while Mas Ysa displays Arsenault’s unabashed love of electronic music, and ‘Seraph’ puts forward a collection of songs that have made their creator a hit on dance floors across the world, what Arsenault says is important isn’t just the beats. “To me,” he says, “the truth just sounds different.”
New Release: The River And The Road ‘Headlights’, Rhett Miller ‘The Traveler’, Mas Ysa ‘Margarita’ & Ex Cops ‘Black Soap (Eli Escobar Remix)’
The River And The Road’s new 10 track album ‘Headlights‘ is at times a bold step away from the acoustic songwriting that initially drove them, a change that can be likened to the evolution of their live performances. 2015 will see the band’s sights set firmly on the road, including a cross-Canada tour in support of the album and a summer festival schedule including Squamish Valley Music Festival, RiverFest in Elora, Ontario and TURF in Toronto. Rhett Miller’s (the lead singer of boozy raucous rockers The Old 97s) new solo album ‘The Traveler‘ is available now! ‘The Traveler‘ showcases a relentless and seemingly ageless songwriter honed by years on the road with the help of Black Prairie (a band that shares members of The Decemberists) and producer Chris Funk. Mas Ysa has shared his second new track since the Worth EP, listen to the tropical jam ‘Margarita‘ below and hear his other recent song ‘Look Up‘ here.
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It is with great enthusiasm that MapleMusic Recordings announces Mas Ysa‘s [pronounced MAAS ee-sa] first live appearances of 2015 – it will be an extensive tour that will find him supporting Young Fathers through April and in to May. In anticipation of these shows and the changing season; Mas Ysa (otherwise known as the Montreal-born visionary pop auteur Thomas Arsenault) is eager to share a new track for the Spring: ‘Look Up.’
‘Look Up’ may seem familiar to those who spent time with last year’s critically acclaimed ‘Worth‘ EP: it’s chordal seeds were set in the short instrumental track ‘Yes‘. In 2014, Mas Ysa took his rig on the road, touring the country with Delorean, EMA and Hundred Waters through appearances at a number of festivals both domestic and overseas. On the stages of SXSW, Primavera Sound, The Pitchfork Music Festival, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Hopscotch, NOS Primavera Sound and Splendor In The Grass, ‘Look Up’ remained a live staple and fan favorite.
Mas Ysa – Tour Dates *Canadian dates are in bold
April 9 – Boston, MA at Great Scott
April 10 – Brooklyn, NY at Music Hall of Williamsburg
April 11 – Philadelphia, PA at Boot & Saddle
April 12 – Washington, DC at Rock and Roll Hotel
April 14 – Raleigh, NC at Kings
April 15 – Atlanta, GA at Masquerade
April 16 – New Orleans, LA at Republic
April 17 – Houston, TX at Fitzgeralds
April 18 – Dallas, TX at Trees
April 19 – Austin, TX at The Parish
April 21 – Pheonix, AZ at Pub Rock
April 22 – San Diego, CA at The Casbah
April 24 – Los Angeles, CA at The Echo
April 25 – San Francisco, CA at The Independent
April 29 – Portland, OR at Holocene
April 30 – Vancouver, BC at Fortune
May 1 – Victoria, BC at Distrikt
May 2 – Seattle, WA at Neumos
May 5 – Boise, ID at Neurolux
May 6 – Salt Lake City, UT at Urban Lounge
May 7 – Denver, CO at Larimer Lounge
May 8 – Lincoln, NE at Vega
May 9 – Minneapolis, MN at 7th Street Entry
May 10 – Chicago, IL at Lincoln Hall
Get stoked kids, Toronto’s biggest music festival NXNE is back for 2014! Four MMR artists have made the trek north to showcase during the fest. From Benjamin Booker‘s garage-blues to Mas Ysa‘s eclectic electronic, Thought Beneath Film‘s pop-punk energy to Language Arts‘ whimsical dream pop we’ve got every music fan covered! We’ve listed their sets below and you can see the full schedule or buy wristbands right here.
Friday, June 20th 9PM @ Budweiser Music House at Horseshoe Tavern
Saturday, June 21st 10PM @ Silver Dollar Room
Thursday, June 19th 10PM @ Silver Dollar Room
Thursday, June 19th 10PM @ Tattoo
Friday, June 20th 1AM @ Adelaide Hall
Saturday, June 21st 6:30PM @ The Great Hall
Thought Beneath Film
Friday, June 20th 10PM @ Sneaky Dee’s
Cold War Kids‘ much loved breakout debut album ‘Robbers & Cowards’ is being reissued on vinyl after being out of print for 5 years. The 2006 record will be pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl, includes a digital download and extra artwork not included on the original pressing. Take at trip back to the late 00’s and watch the video for ‘Hang Me Up To Dry’. Brooklyn producer Mas Ysa dropped his debut ‘Worth EP’ earlier this year and it’s now available on vinyl. Watch the video for his Best New Track‘d lead single ‘Why’. Mas Ysa will return to Canada for the first time since releasing the EP in June for Toronto’s NXNE Festival.
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.