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In Shadows

by Furniture Girls

Furniture Girls is an electro-rock band from Seattle, Washington.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Doobius
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2. My Time
3:23 $0.99
3. Flight
3:22 $0.99
4. Heirlooms
4:47 $0.99
5. Solitary
3:02 $0.99
6. Ghosts of Hollywood
3:43 $0.99
7. The Want
6:12 $0.99
8. Daywalker
3:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
Creepy, gorgeous, beautiful, chilling … Furniture Girls’ 2016 full length In Shadows is the astonishing apex of the band’s sound and vision.

The band started writing it last summer, and didn’t want to lean as much on synths and drum loops for this release. These elements had always been featured heavily in their music, but this time primary music writers stayC Meyer and Jim Watkins (who also produced) started building tracks organically with the group, filling out with arrangements with live instruments instead of electronic layers. In other words, they freed themselves up and played whatever they felt like playing.

Lyricist/vocalist stayC said they enjoyed getting involved with each song individually, and that a natural diversity grew out of this focus. “We stepped back and it was all over the place — in a good way!” she says. Jim’s heavy, hooky, and hunky bass-work spars off in polarity with stayC’s sweet, seductive, and strong vocals, a complementary style they’ve developed and evolved over the past eight years of writing and playing together.

But even if she is countering his deep boom with lucid lightness, he often uncannily helps articulate what she was trying to accomplish but didn’t know how. Downsizing the synthesized elements and experimenting with different styles created space for multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Kate Bradley to add trumpet (on top of everything else she does in the band), which gives traces of retro in tracks like "The Want,” and also brings a broader dynamic range to their music, expanding on the song’s lyrical themes.

“The vintage, nostalgic jazzy sound was certainly intentional, especially in ‘Heirlooms,’” stayC says. “I wrote ‘Heirlooms’ the morning after going through a bunch of my grandmother's personal items left behind after she passed. We were trying to figure out who would take what. It made me reflect on each item; on it's importance to her. Would she want me to have it? And it made me think about the things that are important to me and how I would want to be remembered. I mean, let's face it, I think we'd all like to be remembered.”

Although haunted in another way, the strikingly catchy ”Ghosts of Hollywood" comes from a less reflective experience wherein it describes an encounter “of one really weird day when Jason Lightfoot (our guitarist) and I were exploring the seedy underbelly of Hollywood.” Lightfoot’s limber explorations in power and texture are also certainly a big part of the band’s holistic charms; as well as the fetchingly fierce but charmingly playful drumming of Thane Mitchell — both being Seattle musician’s musicians that keep the rock fire as the sound also stretches and swings.

On first single “My Time”: Lyrically, the mysterious poetry mixes with stark description, as much as the musical impulses chop up and assimilate a wide array of influences. “’My Time’ was an interesting one to work on,” Jim says. “The song started with stayC's simple, cheerful, Smiths-like melody and those great lyrics, so when I sat down to write to it, I wanted to capture some of that ‘darkness’ in the arrangement; the goal was to end up with something that sounded like Massive Attack meets Filter, and I think we got there!”

“I would say it was definitely mindful on my part, but less about pacing and more about tension,” stayC adds. I liked playing with the juxtaposition of dark concepts lyrically and surprisingly pretty music. Like if someone wasn't really paying attention to the lyrics, they might just think it's a pretty song (and ignore the dark imagery entirely).”

The album ends on a raging anthem called “Daywalker,” which was actually the first new song they wrote after finishing Chaos (their last album), “we’ve been closing our live shows with it for a while, and it’s become a fan favorite, so it made sense to wrap up the record with it,” Jim says.

“Yeah, with the weird, winding journey In Shadows takes you on, I think it made sense to me to just drop the most shredding tune, really, right at the end,” stayC sums up. “A smack across the face saying, ‘thanks for listening!’”



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