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A seductively erotic charge courses through Secondhand Rapture, the debut album of New York twosome MS MR. Drawing upon classic pop, retro soul and trip-hop elements, the duo crafts a sound that’s meticulously constructed without concealing the volatile emotions coursing beneath its surfaces. Singer Lizzy Plapinger combines Adele’s diva authority with Florence Welch’s artful flair as she tears into love’s temptations and treacheries. The wounded desire that fuels her performances in “Hurricane,” “Think of You,” “No Trace” and similar tracks are lent dramatic heft by producer Max Hershenow’s atmospheric use of cavernous vocal echo and rumbling tympani drums. MS MR stretch out further with clap-along island grooves (“Salty Sweet”), cool lounge jazz (“Dark Doo Wop”) and gliding, gothic-tinged balladry (“Ash Tree Lane”). The slow jam soulfulness of “Fantasy” finds the duo simultaneously mellow and menacing. For all the lyric venom and sonic lushness found here, there’s a vulnerability to the music’s core that pours forth in revelatory moments like the smoldering album closer “This Isn’t Control.”

Customer Reviews

An Entrancing Kind of Dark

I bought this album an hour ago, and I'm already loving it! MS MR has build their own brand of macabre music, which doesn't get tiring. The drums are restless, the electronics and traditional instruments compliment each other and the MS's scorn flavors her vocals.

The main theme is apparent: how we retreat into our dark dreams, because reality disappoints this. The dream aspect is represented in "Hurricane", "Fantasy", and "Salty Sweet", with tales of heartbreak in "Think of You" and "Head is Not a Home", and tales of depressions in "Twenty Seven" and "This is Control".

However, what keeps this from going above-and-beyond at the moment is that the resonance feels off. What is the album's position on its darkness? Is is something to embrace, or is it advocating against itself?

Am I just imagining the glimers of hope that pops up? Or maybe that's the point. I'm not sure. What do YOU think?

Highlights besides the first two tracks are: "Fantasy", "Ash Tree Lane", and "Head is Not a Home".


Pretty Little Liars got me hooked on them. 👌👌👌


It took me a while to get into these two since their style is so different from what I'm used to but once I sat myself down and started paying attention to the lyrics and sounds, I quickly became obsessed. I hope they gain the success and recognition they deserve.


Formed: New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Shadowy New York-based chillwave duo MS MR first caught the public's attention with their infectious 2012 single "Hurricane," a dark yet sinfully melodic heartbreak anthem that blended the iciness of Phantogram and Bat for Lashes with the commercial grandeur of Adele and Florence + the Machine. Initially steeped in anonymity, the pair were revealed to be vocalist Lizzy Plapinger (also co-founder of the pop imprint Neon Gold) and producer Max Hershenow. The duo inked a deal with Sony not long after...
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Secondhand Rapture, MS MR
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  • $8.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Electronic
  • Released: May 10, 2013
  • Parental Advisory

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