“Why” by Mas Ysa was one of the most pristine and whimsical debuts of last year. A strange genre-transcending track that keeps getting better with time. Thomas Arsenault, the man behind the moniker and known for once housing a famed apartment studio on Kent Street Brooklyn, is preparing to release his debut EP, titled Worth. Leading up to it, Arsenault premiered “Years” that may raise one or two eyebrows for those who became zealous over “Why” and its warped dexterity. Initially, “Years” comes off as less exiting, but at the same time, it portrays Arsenault as one of the most versatile and jarring new artist to emerge from the Brooklyn scene.
The drum-less “Years” is a foreboding lullaby composed of a few menacing synth chords and decidedly minimal textures. Arsenault whispered vocals sounds almost detached from its surroundings, which serves as the anti-thesis to his distraught protests on “Why”. While I don’t think “Years” alone will get him any additional followers outside those already beckoned, these two very different side of Mas Ysa makes me all the more curious of Worth. Out Febuary 4 via Downtown Records. Pre-order here.