Indie/Synth-pop duo MSMR’s debut EP Candy Bar Creep Show features dark overtones, and most remarkably, a stunning singing performance from the group’s vocalist. MSMR’s identity remains ambiguous, with neither of the musician’s names appearing on their website or Facebook.
The album, purportedly named after the eponymous Rugrats episode, begins with a track featuring dark overtones, while blending in a distinctly 80s synth-pop feel. The song’s pop tendencies don’t serve to place constraints on the indie act’s direction, showcased in the song’s culmination past the 3:20 marker.
MSMS’ vocalist carries a heavy, weighty voice with her, singing lyric like “empty churches with soulless curses”, often layered over additional vocal tracks. Her voice isn’t the only distinct aspect for the band, which wield a diverse array of tools to implement in their songwriting. MSMR’ sound is synth-reliant, but is continuously supported by strong backing drum tracks.
Transcending identity, MSMR craft an enthusing EP which stands to surprise listeners anticipating standard indie-pop. Candy Bar Creep Show is at once catchy, dark, and dissimilar. Recommended for fans of Lioness and the XX.