Alright kids. I have strayed from the path. I recently discovered MS MR, a band that is not based out of bright, sunny California. This dynamic duo hails from NYC, and I love them. MS MR consists of two people: the vocalist, Lizzy Plapinger, and the producer, Max Hershenow. To me, this pair is what would happen if Alice in Wonderland and the Cheshire Cat decided to make some music. They are grittier and more imaginative than anything I’ve heard lately, layering light vocals on fantastical sounds. See Dark Doo Wop to hear what I’m saying.

I will be the first to admit, this group may be striking such a chord with me due to the lyrics. Their songs often describe an uncontrolled world, with unexpected chaos and decisions at every turn. As I near graduate school graduation, with a move to a yet-to-be-determined location, a licensure exam to pass, a wedding to plan, and a job to find, it’s nice to hear I’m not the only one searching for something steady to grab. Twenty Seven and This Isn’t Control make it seem okay to not have everything figured out.

Lyrics alone, however, will not make me a fan. Plapinger is an excellent front-woman, with a voice that sounds like a smirk. She proves ethereal and sweet on the haunting verses, while gripping you with powerful, soulful choruses. The production quality is great, creating the backdrop of a distorted fantasy, but, without Lizzy, it would fall flat.

Secondhand Rapture is packed with great songs choices, but I personally love Think of You, Bones, and Twenty Seven. The lead single, heard on any alt-rock radio station, is Hurricane.. MS MR leads the pack for acts I most want to see in the new year, so check them out.