AOTY 2021

Máscaras

Mas Aya - Máscaras
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
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Based on 30 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

The record's psychedelic take on traditional sounds avoids folky pastiche, lighting a new path forward through rich environments of activity, imagining new futures for traditions that are being aggressively gentrified.

78
Pitchfork

The Toronto-based musician explores his Nicaraguan roots on an album of drifting, ambient-adjacent songs incorporating instruments like the quena and llamador.

70
AllMusic

The album achieves a unique balance of social consciousness and earthly awareness, using technology to shape the sounds and rhythms of nature and humanity.

SonicDiscovery
73
Toronto producer and percussionist Brandon Valdivia has collaborated with many artist, but on his own he creates under the name Mas Aya and with his latest album Máscaras he fuses together hypnotic tribal rhythms and tranquil ambient soundscapes. Tracks like “Momento Presente”, “Villanueva” and “Quiescence” provide a nice evolution as dense layers of indigenous sounding percussion guide us along and others like “Key”, ... read more
Orlkont
85
The blend of ambient and psychedelic music all emerge into a tribute to the artist's origin that will definitely hypnotize you. But in a way, with all those hypnoses, your body is still in control. It's still moving. It leads you to a path unknown yet familiar. There is no way back but only looking ahead. The music still guiding you.
ShoegazeJake
90
Rhythm and tone glistening through ambience.
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Added on: September 21, 2021