MS MR’s debut album, Secondhand Rapture, is dramatic, bombastic, sexy, moody and utterly fantastic. The NY duo’s sound falls somewhere between Florence + the Machine‘s delicious over the top theatrics and Great Northern‘s haunting melodies with a little extra rhythmic oomph. Yet lead singer Lizzy Plapinger’s voice has a soft, throaty timbre that would fit just as perfectly with gentle folk music. It’s almost like Kate Rusby fronting a ’90s trip-hop band like Faithless or Morcheeba…basically MS MR are everything I could want in a band.
The standout tracks are the opener, “Hurricane,” “Bones” and “Dark Doo Wop,” which features the hypnotic refrain “as long as we’re going down…baby you should stick around.“
Other highlights are the sultry “Head if Not My Home,” the catchy “Salty Sweet,” the melodic “Twenty Seven” and the sweeping, cinematic, string-accented “BTSK.”
Secondhand Rapture is absolutely addictive and will surely be on my best of the year list. You can stream several original tracks and remixes at MS MR’s SoundCloud Page as well as below…