Interview: MS MR Learned to Balance Dark & Light With 'How Does It Feel'
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:31:09
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The New York duo pulled back the curtain on their new album, out next month.
MS MR—like "Miss Mister"—remind us a bit of Florence + the Machine, as they have mixed dreamy indie pop and alt rock elements into their music. We spoke to the duo, comprised of Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow, about the changes that are afoot on MS MR's second album How Does It Feel, which is out in July.
Apparently, they've learned to balance the darkness by letting in a little bit of light.
Can you give us some insight into the first track "Painted?" Something you may not have talked much about yet!
Max: We started writing in Manchester in the UK and it was the first foray back into writing after being on the road for two years. Lizzy started the chorus and verse and sent it to me, with a couple of references that felt it was like a step out of the MS MR sound. It's like it announced the new era of the band and laid the foundation for everything else we wrote.
Lizzy: When we started, it came from a dark place in my life. I was feeling a little lost. So much of this record is a more mature relationships. Secondhand Rapture was about wallowing in misery and accepting your darkness. This is a little more using the darkness to move forward, and seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. It is a balance of dark and light, using both.
What was the impetus for striking more balance between dark and light?
Lizzy: It think it always has to do with where you are in your life. I have always battled with a certain darkness. I've matured musically and personally and that comes across in the music.
Watch the video for "Painted" from MS MR: