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Oh Man, Listen to Mas Ysa’s “Look Up” and Collapse into a Puddle or Something


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Last year, the Brooklyn-based experimental electronic act Mas Ysa released a stellar EP called Worth that didn't get nearly as much attention as it deserved, in part, I imagine, due to the fact that it only had two actual, distinct songs (no shots to all the other songs, which are great but not gripping in quite the same pop sense). Those songs—"Why" and "Shame"—were mesmerizing, though, capturing the enormity of minor betrayal, self-doubt, and their associated emotional collapses. In Mas Ysa's hands, every emotion feels titanic, and he's got a bassline and a warbly scream to drive the point home.

He's back with a new song called "Look Up," his first new release since Worth, which reworks some of the elements of that EP's track "Yes." Like "Why" and "Shame," it feels instantly devastating, his voice fraying as he offers up a barely intelligible narrative that seems to touch on religion and forgiveness (what I hear: "I want to know what you've done" and "the grace that you've given"). The whole thing dissolves into a rhapsodic twirl of West African-tinged guitar and propulsive drum machines crashing forward, with a repeated vocal hook that sounds like "don't leave your friend" bubbling up underneath. Like previous Mas Ysa songs, I'm not totally sure what to make of it other than to find myself completely overwhelmed and stunned and wanting to listen to it over and over again. Check it out below, along with Mas Ysa's tour dates this spring with Young Fathers.

Mas Ysa Tour Dates:

4/09/2015   Boston, MA at Great Scott
4/10/2015   Brooklyn, NY at Music Hall of Williamsburg
4/11/2015   Philadelphia, PA at Boot & Saddle
4/12/2015   Washington, DC at Rock and Roll Hotel
4/14/2015   Raleigh, NC at Kings
4/15/2015   Atlanta, GA at Masquerade
4/16/2015   New Orleans, LA at Republic
4/17/2015   Houston, TX at Fitzgeralds
4/18/2015   Dallas, TX at Trees
4/19/2015   Austin, TX at The Parish
4/21/2015   Phoenix, AZ at Pub Rock
4/22/2015   San Diego, CA at The Casbah
4/24/2015   Los Angeles, CA at The Echo
4/25/2015   San Francisco, CA at The Independent
4/29/2015   Portland, OR at Holocene
4/30/2015   Vancouver, BC at Fortune
5/01/2015   Victoria, BC at Distrikt
5/02/2015   Seattle, WA at Neumos
5/05/2015   Boise, ID at Neurolux
5/06/2015   Salt Lake City, UT at Urban Lounge
5/07/2015   Denver, CO at Larimer Lounge
5/08/2015   Lincoln, NE at Vega
5/09/2015   Minneapolis, MN at 7th Street Entry
5/10/2015   Chicago, IL at Lincoln Hall

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