This Friday will see the release of the debut record from Baltimore natives Michael Kuhl and Matthew Pierce’s somber ambient project The Furniture, which came together over the course of a single two-hour improvisational recording session. As exhibited on the LP’s latest single “Set to Quiver,” the duo excels at building a subtle tension over the course of each instrumental track, resulting in what sounds like a hushed soundtrack to a film’s understated climax. “We often start an idea by creating a backdrop or a landscape,” the group shares. “We begin to build tension and then a melody or rhythm will often emerge from the cacophony. In this case, the melody and rhythm emerge out of a dense and dark landscape, entangled and obscured.”
Arriving with the track is a grainy, black-and-white visual that pairs perfectly with the song, filmed by Philippe Leonard at Rhode Island’s Biomes Marine Biology Center. In it, we see up-close and often barely discernible footage of fish that takes familiar imagery and adds a sinister if not slightly alien element to it. “Per Leonard, ‘The underwater images of swimming fishes follow the rhythm and ambience of the song,’ something we very much agree with,” the band adds. “As with the previous videos from Leonard that are attached to this record, the free-flowing black and white footage gives a visualization to the mood we are trying to convey with our music.”
Check it out below.