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Ailbhe Malone gets even more be­sot­ted with MS MR

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - BOOKING THE COOKS -

TRACK OF THE WEEK:

Fan­tasy by MS MR We’ve be­come grad­u­ally more be­sot­ted with MS MR as the months have gone on – our love in­flu­enced not least by lead singer Lizzy Plapinger’s blue hair, and the fact that she’s a founder mem­ber of Neon Gold Records (who re­leased sin­gles by Ma­rina and the Di­a­monds, El­lie Gould­ing and Icona Pop). Fan­tasy is loopy and gulpy with more of an emo­tional core than their glitchy noir-pop of yore. It’s as if Sia wrote a Florence track, and Greg Kurstin got his hands on it. And the video has cheer­lead­ers vom­it­ing glit­ter. Amaz­ing.

Kate Nash has ex­plained how she found refuge in mu­sic af­ter a dif­fi­cult year, that in­volved a break-up, the death of a close friend, and a split with her record la­bel. She told the

In­de­pen­dent: “I really don’t want to de­stroy my­self in this process. I only seek de­struc­tion through mu­sic. It’s cathar­tic for me, and I love what I do. I’m not try­ing to be cool.”

She went on: “I don't give a shit about any of that. The whole point of be­ing a mu­si­cian is to be there for the out­sider, and to em­power young women.” Our Kate is blaz­ing a trail of her own: “I’ve been slated for the way I look, for be­ing too fat, too ugly, too spotty. I’ve been at­tacked for my per­son­al­ity, for where I’m from. But you know what? I’m older now. I’m more ma­ture. I don’t care what any­one thinks, not any­more.” G’wan!

We’re so pleased that Fergie Ferg is go­ing to have a baby. And that she an­nounced it in the best pos­si­ble way. The Black Eyed Peas singer tweeted: “Josh & Me & BABY makes three!!! #my lovely baby bump”. Fergie’s mar­ried to ac­tor Josh Duhamel, and the pair have al­ready ne­go­ti­ated how many chil­dren they’d like – last year Fergie told Oprah: “We ne­go­ti­ated that early on. Two is our num­ber.”

Loopy and gulpy: Lizzy Plapinger of MS MR

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