Mas Ysa - Seraph
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2015 Ratings: #551 / 892
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Based on 19 ratings
July 24, 2015 / Release Date
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Downtown / Label
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On his full-length debut Seraph, Montreal-born, Lake Hill-based singer/songwriter Thomas Arsenault manages to convincingly combine his penchant for heart-on-your-sleeve lyricism and dance floor oriented-beats to craft an almost-perfect collection of nostalgia-tinged pop songs.

The 405

On Seraph, cohesiveness comes from the honest effort in combining styles to make something unique and personal. And that is the key to this album's greatness.

Consequence of Sound

While Seraph is a consistent debut, there is nothing here as immediately drawing as “Why” or “Shame” from the Worthy EP. But Arsenault holding back is still more emotive than most artists firing on all cylinders.


Seraph might be shifty, but Arsenault still works with blunt force.

Mas Ysa isn’t doing something that no one has ever done, the self-made electronic musician is a busy field, but he is doing it with such skill that it is hard to believe this debut album will not be followed by several more just as good and probably even better.
Under The Radar

Too much of the record comprises exhausting dancehall ballads, however, with thumping digital beats that may induce frightening Dance Dance Revolution flashbacks in some listeners.

Loud and Quiet

There are a few welcome tropicalia influences but it’s hard to get on board with an album that feels like it should be played with an accompanying installation or, worse, in the gallery’s gift shop.

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Track List

  1. Seraph
  2. Margarita
  3. Look Up
  4. Sick
  5. Suffer
  6. Gun
  7. Service
  8. Garden
  9. Arrows
  10. I Have Some
  11. Running
  12. Don't Make
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Added on: May 12, 2015