Published May 12, 2015Montreal-born musician Thomas Arsenault made his debut as Mas Ysa with last year's Worth EP and followed it up with the single "Look Up," but the electro singer-songwriter has now announced plans for his first full-length effort.
Titled Seraph, the LP is slated to arrive arrive on July 24 via Downtown Records/MapleMusic Recordings.
Arsenault recorded the album over a year at his home studio, enlisting additional production help from Steve Rivette (Liars, Black Dice) and mixing work from Damian Taylor (Björk, Arcade Fire).
Despite the dance-tinged sounds of the songs, Seraph isn't merely designed to get people dancing, with a press release describing the new material as "electronic music for the heart."
"This is personal," Arsenault said in a statement about the album, and he keeps things close to home on new single "Margarita" too.
"This is named for my mom, who's also on the cover art of everything I do," he said, speaking about the song. "It deals with the trauma of becoming your own autonomous person and that person when you see your parent as a fallible person. It's a complicated thank you."
You can hear the results for yourself right now. Scroll past the full tracklisting and Mas Ysa's upcoming tour dates to give "Margarita" a spin in the player below.
3. Look Up
10. I Have Some
12. Don't Make
05/13 Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade *
05/14 New York, NY - The Bowery Ballroom *
05/22 Mayer, AZ - Forms Arcosanti
06/26 Millvale, PA - Mr Smalls Theater *
06/27 Columbus, OH - The Grog Shop *
06/28 Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch *
06/29 Cincinnati, OH - Madison Live in *
07/01 St. Louis, MO – Firebird *
07/02 Lincoln, NE – Vega *
07/03 Denver, CO - Larmirer Lounge *
07/05 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
07/07 Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl *
07/08 Seattle, WA – Neumos *
07/09 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios *
07/11 San Francisco, CA - Phono Del Sol *
07/14 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory *
07/15 Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar *
07/17 Austin, TX - Red 7 *
07/18 Dallas, TX - Club Dada *
07/19 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's *
07/21 Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
07/22 Ashville, NC - The Mothlight *
07/23 Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall *
07/24 Philadelphia, PA – Voyeur *
07/25 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair *
* with Tanlines