Ahead of their debut LP, experimental musicians The Furniture share an enchanting soundscape in ‘Kontrail,’ and they share how they crafted this melodic ‘vibe’ of a song.
There are a lot of ways to start your week off right. You can give yourself a few moments to stretch after waking up. You can make sure you get your favorite drink from your favorite coffee store. You can even take a reflective moment on how beauty exists in the world despite so much manufactured ugliness. Heck, you can do all three while listening to “Kontrail,” the new song from experimental music duo The Furniture. After announcing their self-titled debut will arrive on the Spanish Prayers record label in January, the group – Michael Kuhl and Matthew Pierce – have given listeners another taste of things to come. In “Kontrail,” premiering on HollywoodLife, the two craft a sonic landscape that is uplifting, invigorating, and quite captivating. ‘
“Everything from this record came from a single improvised live recording session,” the group shares with HollywoodLife. “We had no preconceived idea about anything we were going to play. Luckily though, while we were playing, we frequently felt many “a-ha” moments. But a lot of times, you’re not sure the ideas are fully worked out until you could go back and listen to the session. For ‘Kontrail,’ though, we could feel the vibe instantly. It was towards the end of our two-hour session, and we were nicely settled in by then. As soon as we heard the main loop hypnotically run its course, everything else seemed to fall where it was supposed to. It seemed to play itself.”
For those who have never heard of the group, it might be hard to pinpoint The Furniture’s sound. To know it, one must feel it, and to feel it, one must experience it for themselves. “With the improvisatory nature of our music, for the most part, it strays away from traditional song-form in favor of a more linear approach. This tends to lead the listener down their own path of discovery,” the group tells us. “But if [we] had to make an elevator pitch, [we] would say that through the mixing of analog and synthesized sounds, whether it be from objects found to ambient components, we draw our inspiration from anything between the German experimental music of the 70’s to Ghanaian drumming and to what is yet to be discovered.”
With improvisation as the driving force behind The Furniture, it means that every performance is unique and that no two concerts are alike. This may be great for the audience but in terms of recording? It could be tricky. If The Furniture thrives on improvisation, how could they pick which sounds and styles they would put down on their upcoming record? Or would they just let everything happen spontaneously?
“For the most part, the making of this record was completely in the moment,” the band tells HollywoodLife. “After we got off a lengthy tour with Cigarettes After Sex on one of their European legs, we didn’t really have many shows except for a couple of one-offs until we made this record. But, in a way, even when we don’t have anything on the books, it seems that we are preparing and anticipating for the next show or recording. We are always talking about different machines, instruments, or objects we found or sharing new music we heard that seems to ultimately find its way into our sound. [We] think that sort of mental imaging plays a big part in the preparation for whenever we play.”
One can experience that for themselves when The Furniture arrives on Jan. 28, 2022, on Spanish Prayers.
Crystal Kung-Minkoff and Dr. Tiffany Moon have unfollowed Jennie Nguyen amid the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City cast member’s racism scandal.
After Jennie was exposed for sharing a number of racist and offensive posts on Facebook, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and Real Housewives of Dallas alum stopped following their fellow Asian-American, who has since apologized for her hurtful messages, saying she is trying “to learn about perspectives different from my own.”
News of Crystal and Tiffany’s Instagram activity was shared by Housewives Addicted on Instagram.
As RHOSLC fans may have seen, Jennie posted her offensive Facebook posts in 2020. Many of her disturbing messages targeted the Black community by suggesting George Floyd died of an overdose, rather than police brutality, and saying that if people followed “the officers orders, [they wouldn’t] get shot.”
Jennie also suggested the COVID-19 vaccine couldn’t possibly be effective, considering there’s no vaccine for influenza.
Although Bravo has yet to officially cut ties with Jennie, it seems it is only a matter of time. And as filming continues on season three, producers are said to be on the hunt for new cast members to potentially replace her and Mary Cosby, who seemingly sealed her fate with the series when she failed to show up to the season two reunion, thus violating her agreement with the network.
In a series of reports shared by Deux Moi and reposted by Bravo Breaking News on Instagram, the latest RHOSLC casting news was shared.
“My boss was just contacted on Instagram by the casting director of Real Housewives of Salt Lake City and they said they are still casting and looking for diverse women!” a tipster shared with the outlet.
Then, in another message shared by Deux Moi, a Real Housewives page was seen confirming that they are “still looking for some additional women” to add to the cast for season three and offering an email address to contact if interested.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City season two is currently airing on Sunday nights at 9/8c on Bravo.
Dave Chappelle (left), Elaine Chappelle (center), and supermodel Naomi Campbell (right) attended the Menswear Dior Fall/Winter 2022/2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France.
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Dave Chappelle and his wife Elaine in a rare outing together at the Menswear Dior Fall/Winter 2022/2023 show in Paris.
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Fashion model, activist, and single mom Naomi Campbell attended the Menswear Dior Fall/Winter 2022/2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France.
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Reggaeton singer J. Balvin and his girlfriend Valentina Ferrer attended the Menswear Dior Fall/Winter 2022/2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France. They welcomed their first child in June 2021.
Dwayne Haskins’ wife Kalabrya Gondrezick-Haskins catches a lucky break in her domestic violence case for allegedly beating Dwayne.
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During the pandemic, Dwayne Haskins was cut from the Washington Football team for reportedly having too much fun maskless partying. Since then, he has been on his best behavior while being QB2 for the Steelers.
His partying caused him nothing but problems in 2021. In July, he was allegedly assaulted by his wife Kalabrya Gondrezick-Haskins while partying in Las Vegas. Police eventually took his wife in custody after noticing he had a busted lip that needed stitches and he was noticeably missing a tooth.
According to TMZ, police were called to the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas after reports she was beating the NFL Player, not because he called the police. TMZ is now reporting that on January 10, Clark County District Attorney dismissed the charges against Kalabrya.
Since then, the couple hasn’t had any other incidents and from their social media activity, it seems they have been happier than ever. This past December the QB even took to Instagram to show his support for his wife graduating, leaving no doubt the couple is on great terms.
Hopefully, this is something they can put behind them and the proper healing has taken place.