Woodstock, NY (currently) based composer Mas Ysa (pronounced MAAS ee-sa), AKA Thomas Arsenault, unveils “Years”, an absorbing and intense song taken from his debut EP “Worth”, released February 3 via Downtown Records.
Check out the self-directed/edited video for last years buzz track “Why”…
“Worth” is a flowing 27-minute survey EP that demonstrates his unique penchant for both composition and production…using analog synthesis, field recordings, wind and icy drones.In recent years, the nomadic Arsenault has been a centerpiece of the Kent Avenue scene in Brooklyn, occupying a sprawling loft complex connected to the underground venues 285 Kent and Glasslands.
There, he built a studio that yielded records by everyone from Cass McCombs to Laurel Halo, getting out of bed in the dead of night to write songs and record sonic fragments.
During the day, Arsenault has explored the other side of modern composition by collaborating with Rashaun Mitchell of the storied Merce Cunningham Dance Company.