Despite their far-from-the-musical-industry social media process, the band succeeded in releasing one year after their debut album via the major Columbia. “Secondhand Rapture” was not exactly the allegory of originality, so much so that the band could have just contented itself to release the 4 songs from their good 2012 EP “Candy Bar Creep Show”. Indeed, the rest of their sugary first LP was tasting like
With “How Does It Feel”, released on July 17 and still via Columbia, the duo is back for a second round. On the lead single “Painted”, you can hear that they have speeded up a little. On a house piano based loop, Lizzy keeps on repeating “What did you think would happen?” and after hearing it 67.987 times in 3:45, we can confirm that the lyrics stay finally stuck in your mind, until you become crazy.
After hearing the first single, with maybe the exception of the tempo, you can already conclude that the duo has decided to keep the same recipe: on a synth-pop pastry, pour a good dose of lyrics that never dig deeper than the surface and coat the whole thing with treacly strings sections. The second single off the album, “Wrong Victory” illustrates perfectly this but nevertheless offers a solid pop hook that the band can sometimes deliver (let’s be fair). Unfortunately, once more, the two first singles seem to be the only worthy tracks on the album.
The title song “How Does It Feel” is particularly trivial on every aspects and everything that comes after is a bit in the same vein. MS MR has generally difficulties to seduce on down tempo tracks. If one track had to be saved on the second part of the LP, we would certainly pick “Tunnels”.
We have tried to explore, to even extract valuable things but even after several plays, there is not a lot to say about this second effort, that actually does not really sound like one. Moreover, the attraction for novelty does not work the same in 2015 than in 2012. So “How Does It Feel”? To answer this question, we selected four track’s names from the LP that sum up all our feelings: “Wrong Victory”, “Leave Me Alone”, “Cruel” and “All The Things Lost”.