MAS YSA’s (pronounced maas ee-sa) just announced his debut full length Seraph the other day and, along with it, released the second single from the upcoming album titled “Margarita.”
Thomas Arsenault (the man behind MAS YSA) told Pitchfork that “Margarita” is a tribute to his mother and “deals with the trauma of becoming your own autonomous person and that person when you see your parent as a fallible person.” Basically it’s a “complicated thank you.”
That sense of self-realization is apparent both through the lyrics and the through the dynamics of the music itself. The flute dances around Tom’s long drawn vocals; the beat is slow building but both powerful and triumphant right when it needs to be; and the sax flirts and teases its way into the final chorus. Meanwhile, Aresenault’s Brazilian music influences from his time spent in São Paulo are apparent throughout the tune as well.
Seraph drops July 24th via Downtown Records but in the mean time you can hit up MAS YSA on Soundcloud for some other great tunes.