Mas Ysa – Why

Title: Why

Artist: Mas Ysa

Album: Single

Year: 2013

Genre: Indie, Noise Pop, Techno, Electronic, Avante-Garde

“Why”, the debut single from journeyman polymath Thomas Arsenault’s Mas Ysa project, leaps from section to section and sound to sound with abandon, and in doing so bears the influence of its well-traveled composer. A Montreal native with formative stretches in São Paulo, Oberlin College, and San Francisco, Arsenault rose to micro-prominence as a key figure in the web of Brooklyn venues like 285 Kent and Glasslands, collaborating on compositions with a dance company by day and producing records by night.

“Why” is an amazing mixture of experimental techno, avid noise pop, and indie dance that explodes in each turn in a way that reminds me of an explosion between several outfits. For example this might happen if Deerhunter collided with Purity Ring and Sleigh Bells. Each distinct section is held together by Arsenault’s woolly yelp, howling the titular question, and when he reaches the wild, thrilling stew of a climax after five sprawling minutes, you find yourself asking why it took him so long to release something in the first place.