Candy Bar Creep Show (September 18), the title of the new EP from NY's mysterious duo MS MR, doesn't reveal so much as it does discreetly hint at what might be in store. Which is pretty much the strategy for a band that keeps images under wraps (albeit a little more difficult with performance videos and live shows), names and basic bio a well-kept secret. But if the music does the proverbial talking, we're hearing a language immersed in goth-accented synth-pop, moody anthems and a distant if oddly soulful vibe. Lead track "Hurricane" grabbed out attention a few months back with an eye-popping video (watch below): what the duo call their "new age pop fantastic nightmare" and what we described as "a powerful, ultra-chilled slab of woofer rattling electronica and slamming backbeat with MS' fetching voice the icy icing on the cake." We like new track "Dark Doo Wop" even better, a song that creeps under your skin and then, thanks to some angelic choruses, slowly wraps itself around your racing heart.
MS MR - "Dark Doo Wop" (from Candy Bar Creep Show)
MS MR - "Hurricane" (from Candy Bar Creep Show) (Free Download)
Photo credit: Peter Kulak