Music Park: Furniteur @ Songbyrd Music House –2/28/16

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Brittany Sims, Mike Toohey, and Kevin Bayly of Furniteur at Songbyrd Music House on Feb. 28, 2016. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: GrillworksBen)

It is a delightful thing to walk into a room when Furniteur are playing.

The cool chill of their synthesizers and the sultry vocals of their chanteuse leaves a distinct impression upon you. You are ready to forget about your cares and relax with a cocktail or two. And that’s exactly what I did when I walked into Songbyrd Music House to catch Furniteur in a late show on Sunday night.

Brittany Sims, Mike Toohey, and Kevin Bayly (the two men of synth also in the band Brett) make smart music for cocktails at twilight as they inject an old school charm into their music. As for their music, Furniteur released a new EP featuring a cover of Julee Cruise’s “Falling,” the theme to “Twin Peaks” (yes, the David Lynch TV show), in February.

Listen to “Falling” by Furniteur on Soundcloud:

The “Falling” cover sits very well beside the four songs from the self-titled EP released by Furniteur in 2014. As I noted previously on Parklife DC, “the tracks are performed as if the audience have been invited into a reverie about missing loves and self-reliance, infused with a Lana Del Rey-esque sense of longing and loneliness.”

Furniteur have augmented their show with visuals that punctuate their evocation of sophisticated cool. They strive to capture disco froid, evoke a nostalgia for something perhaps not yet experienced, and depict a timelessness similar to that found in drinking an espresso on a sunny Italian piazza. The result is a dreamy, synthy take on italo disco that sounds as ageless as their inspirations.

Since we last discussed Furniteur, a video has surfaced for the band’s song “Secret Plans,” one of the tracks from their original EP. Watch the music video for “Secret Plans” by Furniteur on YouTube:

Based in DC and signed to Prince George Records, Furniteur have promised more new music this spring with the release of their first full-length album. So we will likely be seeing additional concerts from them soon! Check out their Facebook page for the latest info.

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Brittany Sims (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: GrillworksBen)

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Brittany Sims (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: GrillworksBen)

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