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MS MR brings chillwave sound to Vancouver

Starting their career in the blogosphere, New York-based duo MS MR has recently grounded themselves in the physical world of music. Opening for Jessie Ware at the Commodore Ballroom on Monday, April 8 is just one of many musical milestones MS MR has lined up for a year that’s sure to launch them into indie superstardom. 

Taking to the stage in jovial ensembles (think the Jetsons meets a scuba diver for MS and Andy Warhol inspired for MR), MS MR immediately had the small crowd on their feet moving to their unique, yet comfortable chillwave sound.

With their first songs released on Tumblr, it’s not surprising that MS MR keeps a sense of mystery about them. Not revealing too many personal details on-stage or online, their music too, carries a hint of mystique, which makes it hard to categorize.

With chillwave being a somewhat new genre, there are not too many bands around to compare them to. Mixing subtle 50’s elements, like ‘duwoops’, with heavy snyth and a distinctive bass line, it’s the musicality and vocals that brought the crowd to life two nights ago.

A surprisingly large crowd for an opener was highlighted by some super fans in the front row singing along to every word crooned by MS, whose voice can be best compared to Florence Welch in terms of both power and range. MS took their enthusiasm to heart, giggling at the end of each song, almost in awe of how much appreciation their music was receiving.

“Damn you guys are a loving, loving crowd,” she remarked at one point during the set.

Feeding off the energy of the audience, both MS and MR weren’t afraid to move on stage. Playfully dancing together throughout the set showed not only their command of the stage, but also their thorough enjoyment of their own music made their performance infectious. 

With a big year ahead, including a new video for their single “Hurricane”, appearances at Glatstonbury and Lollapalooza, as well as a European tour, you can expect to be hearing a lot more of the polished, poppy, and sometimes dark sounds of MS MR soon.

If MS’s statement that, “has been my favourite stop by far [on tour],” is any indication of how much fun she had performing, maybe the duo will be back soon, showcasing the sounds of their new album and delighting the front row diehards. Simply put, MS MR put on a fun show with the chops to back it.

Look for their new album, Secondhand Rapture, on May 14th.

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