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Indie pop duo MS MR have announced that their highly anticipated sophomore album, How Does It Feel, will be released on July 17th, 2015, via Columbia Records.

How Does It Feel features 12 brand new high-octane songs, and finds the duo – comprised of vocalist Lizzy Plapinger and producer Max Hershenow – returning to the visceral, intimate style that was key in launching their career three years ago. Their 2013 debut, Secondhand Rapture, had been recorded for several hundred dollars in spare rooms throughout Brooklyn, New York. So, when it came time to record this follow-up, Plapinger and Hershenow chose to return to their old stomping grounds.

In late 2014, they rented a small room in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick, and began to craft the material that’s heard on How Does It Feel. However, this songwriting adventure provided the duo with a chance to try co-writing with fellow musicians, which was something they had not previously tried. The track “Pieces” was a co-write with Tove Lo, and MDNR leant a hand in the writing of another song, “Tripolar.” Even MS MR drummer Zach Nicita jumped in and helped to co-wrote and co-produce several of the new tracks.

How Does It Feel was recorded in studios in New York and Los Angeles, including Electric Lady Studios, White Bronco Studios and the band’s own Creep City Studios. And, once again, Plapinger and Hershenow chose to collaborate with multi-Grammy award winner Tom Elmhirst to mix the album at Electric Lady Studios. In addition to working with MS MR, Elmhirst has worked with Adele, the late Amy Winehouse, Arcade Fire, and Beck, amongst many other notable names in music.

Most recently, MS MR teamed up with director Tabitha Denholm to create the music video for their Top 30 Alternative Radio single, “Painted,” which premiered at The Fader.

“We were thrilled to work with Tabitha to bring ‘Painted’ to life in our new video,” the band said in a press release. “We were heavily inspired by Kubrick as well as the 1970s documentary ‘The Secret Life of Plants.’ Focusing on the lyric: what did you think would happen/when you put me in unnatural space, we wanted to explore the juxtaposition of natural and unnatural environments and what happens when they’re forced to reckon with one another. The end result is a virtual reality psychedelic experiment gone awry—welcome to the odyssey.”

Check it out, below.

Update: See their brand new video for “Painted” below, along with new tour dates!

Update #2: You can also hear new songs “Wrong Victory” and “How Does It Feel” below.

MS MR 2015 Tour Dates
7/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier
7/22 – Melbourne, Australia – Russell
7/24 – Byron Bay, Australia – Splendour in the Grass Festival
7/25 – Sydney, Australia – Metro Theatre
7/29 – Chicago, IL – Vevo’s Lift Live – SOLD OUT
7/30 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza – Aftershow at Lincoln Hall (w/ Wet)
7/31 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
8/2 – Montreal, Canada – Osheaga
8/7 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Field
9/8 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
9/9 – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Strand
9/10 – Oslo, Norway, Parkteatret
9/12 – Berlin, Germany – Lollapalooza
9/24 – Houston, TX – House of Blues (w/ Circa Waves, Crater)
9/25 – Austin, TX – Emo’s (w/ Circa Waves, Crater)
9/27 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues (w/ Circa Waves, Crater)
9/28 – Nashville, TN – The Cannery Ballroom (w/ Circa Waves, Crater)
9/29 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West (w/ Circa Waves, Crater)
10/1 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (w/ Circa Waves, Crater)
10/5 – Boston, MA – Royale (w/ Jack Garratt, VÉRITÉ)
10/8 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 (w/ Jack Garratt, VÉRITÉ)
10/10 – Toronto, Canada – Danforth Music Hall (w/ Jack Garratt, VÉRITÉ)
10/12 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall (w/ Jack Garratt, VÉRITÉ)
10/17 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre (w/ Jack Garratt)
10/19 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom (w/ Jack Garratt, Tigertown)
10/20 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre (w/ Jack Garratt, Tigertown)
10/21 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom (w/ Jack Garratt, Tigertown)
10/23 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre (w/ Jack Garratt, Tigertown)
10/25 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues (w/ Jack Garratt, Tigertown)
10/27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern (w/ Jack Garratt, Tigertown)
11/06 – Brighton, UK – The Arch
11/07 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy
11/08 – Glasgow – Art School
11/10 – London, UK – Electric Brixton
11/12 – Brussels, Belgium – Orangerie
11/13 – Paris, France – Trabendo
11/14 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg (Old Room)
11/16 – Zurich, Switzerland – X-Tra
11/17 – Munich, Germany – Technikum
11/18 – Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp
11/19 – Cologne, Germany – Gloria
11/21 – Hamburg, Germany – Mojo

 

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How Does It Feel Tracklisting:

1. Painted
2. Criminals
3. No Guilt In Pleasure
4. Wrong Victory
5. Tripolar
6. How Does It Feel
7. Tunnels
8. Leave Me Alone
9. Reckless
10. Cruel
11. Pieces
12. All The Things Lost

Via MXDWN