Origin: New York
Official Site: msmrsounds.com
The mysterious New York City-based musical duo MS MR emerged to make their imprint on 2012 with “Hurricane,” an introspective alt-pop masterpiece heralding the arrival of a new band, a new sound and a new approach to pop. An unofficial video for the track popped up on YouTube in May 2012 and has since garnered more than 1.5 million views. Awarded ‘Best New Track’ on Pitchfork, the duo’s single quickly rose to number one on Hype Machine.
Secondhand Rapture, their next album, is an intriguing aural Jenga that combines humbled ballads (“Dark Doo Wop”), experimental epics (“Head is not My Home”), and pure pop belters (“Think of You”) alike.
It’s a stroke of serendipity that Lizzy and Max are even making music together. They may giggle uncontrollably and complete each other’s thoughts, but these Vassar alums hardly knew each other during college. Lizzy was a media-studies major, releasing records under her burgeoning imprint Neon Gold. (She’s gone on to release records by artists such as Passion Pit and Ellie Goulding.) Max was an urban-studies major with a concentration in modern dance, and started composing music for his choreographies. It wasn’t until after graduation that they connected—Max was studying at the Martha Graham School for Dance and was looking for a singer to collaborate with while Lizzy needed an unbiased sounding board for the songs she was starting to write in private.
Soon, the duo was recording tracks and supporting on tours with Marina and the Diamonds, GROUPLOVE, and Jessie Ware. The Village Voice called them “intoxicating” and voted them one of the best shows of the summer. SInce then, MS MR toured extensively throughout 2013, playing headline shows and many festivals around the world including Glastonbury in the UK, Lollapolloza in Chicago, and Splendour in the Grass in Australia.