Two voices and two instruments – yet, “Just Wanted You” is a masterfully assembled monument to contrast. The song from MNR PLSR (pronounced “minor pleasure”) captures the mixed emotions during post-breakup reflections on a loving relationship. Instrumentally, there are occasional touches of percussion, but “Just Wanted You” is primarily comprised of a calming acoustic guitar that seems to have accepted the circumstances and disquieting violin that reveals the remnants of heartache or wishes for what could have been. It may be multiple violins accompanying the minimalist guitar, but our hope is that overdubbing was used, since that thought promotes the solitary sentiment.
Still, the sheer beauty of “Just Wanted You” is in the vocals. The voices belong to Emily Einhorn and Somer Bingham (and we genuflect). “Just Wanted You” should be added to every playlist dedicated to tracks that are extraordinary because of their vocal chemistry. For most of the song, the lead vocals carry pain, similar to the violin. In contrast, the backing voice has a sweetness and is melodically smoother. Then, the last 40 seconds of “Just Wanted You” are music magic, as the line between lead and backing blurs to almost nothing, the two voices separate to share the chorus, and the caresses of the lyrics become even more apparent.
“Just Wanted You” is one of the six tracks on MNR PLSR’s debut EP “Gold.” Emily Einhorn and Somer Bingham describe MNR PLSR as a Brooklyn-based Indie Electro/Fringe-Pop duo. They joined forces in 2015. In their first year as a band, they were commissioned to write a series-inspired song for Showtime’s vampire fantasy, "Penny Dreadful." “Last Light” was the soundtrack for the show’s “Behind the Scenes” feature after the finale. More recently, their song “Brilliant Creatures” was in the 2018 Sundance Film Festival favorite “Madeline’s Madeline” (directed by Josephine Decker and starring Miranda July). Both “Last Light” and “Brilliant Creatures” appear on the “Gold” EP.