There’s been a lot of hype around MS MR thanks to a rather incredible remix of the New Yorker’s track ‘Hurricane’ by Glaswegian’s Chvrches. Perfect hype, just in time for the duos debut release ‘Secondhand Rapture’. If your only experience of MS MR has been the aforementioned remix then i’m sorry you may about to be disappointed, but don’t worry it won’t be for long.
I wasn’t totally sure what to expect from a record featuring Lizzy Plapinger on vocals. As one of the co-founders of Neon Gold Records (who also incidentally inspried me to start blogging myself), Lizzy has been behind early single releases by Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding and Marina and the Diamonds. With an indie-pop pedigree like that, expectations are always going to be high. and the neigh sayers aplenty.
Well neigh sayers you can take a day off because ‘Secondhand Rapture’ is quite possibly the most well rounded debut album i’ve heard in a long time. Packed with soaring anthemic pop sounds which feed off Max Hershenow’s thick layered production, that in other hands would seem overwhelming. But in this case feeds interest into what could become just a monotonous trudge through a dark and bleak soundscape.
Stylistically the album has a feel of Florence and the Machine, albiet a stripped back and darker and ultimately deeper record. Stand out tracks are the boisterous opener ‘Hurricane’ which chronicles a stormy end to a relationship, all set to Lizzy’s soaring vocal. ‘Fantasy’ with it’s toe tapping hand-clap beat. ‘Head Is Not My Home’ with it’s tribal, beat and bubbling banjo bed, is a good example of MS MR’s abilty to sidestep between genres. and ‘Think of You’ which intros with a Postal Service – Such Great Heights-esque electro bubbling, before breaking out into a full blown fuck you pop track.
‘Secondhand Rapture’ is out now on Creep City Records.