It's been just over a year since MS MR (pronounced Mis Mister) released their debut album, Secondhand Rapture. Just think: a full year I could have been listening to this wonderful electronic album! I first came across MS MR on a flyer for the Rialto Theatre back in April. The group opened for Grouplove in a show that I probably should have attended (alas, 20/20 hindsight and all that...)
A few days later, I was browsing Freegal and noticed MS MR as one of the featured artists. Not wanting to ignore the signs of the universe, I decided to give this group a listen...and now here I am writing a blog post inviting you to do the same.
MS MR is an electronic group out of New York that mixes the explosive energy of Florence and the Machine with the perpetual chill of Lana Del Rey. Traveling through the Secondhand Rapture, you will experience a rollercoaster of sound, from the dizzying highs of "Head is Not My Home" and "Thinkg of You" to the calming lows of "Ash Tree Lane" and "BTSK."
To be completely honest, Secondhand Rapture rarely breaks new ground with its songs. There were times listening through the album I wondered if my player had switched over to Florence and the Machine (notably on the near-final track, "No Trace.") The pop hit "Think of You" is perfectly crafted for radio play and "Fantasy" hits all the right background chimes to get your foot tapping. But this is not a bad thing. When you create an album, at worst, without a bad song, and best, with a couple of tracks that I immediately had to replay...that's not bad for a debut.
For anyone who likes Florence, Lana, and HAIM - why not add MS MR to your rotation?