As the world reaches another year of life marked by the pandemic, there is still plenty to reflect on and shared experiences to draw upon when it comes to connecting with others. Perth-based indie singer/songwriter Riley Pearce ruminates on the lockdown experience he and his partner had during the lockdown in their small apartment in his latest single, “Furniture”: the repetitiveness, the silliness, and the stir-crazy of it all. Riley says,

The days all blend together and your interactions with each other grow weirder and weirder…it’s neither good nor bad, it’s just strange. It’s an observation of that absurd time for us, spending so much time in that apartment that we were becoming a part of the furniture.

The ease with which Riley Pearce makes music is a testament to how effortlessly he became a songwriter. Watching his dad in cover bands inspired him to pick up the guitar and by 17, he was busking at local farmers’ markets – playing covers but sneaking in a few original folky compositions about what he saw around him or the relationships he had formed. Not surprisingly, nature occupies a sizable piece of the artist’s musical DNA, filtering in the sounds he notices around him with the depth of personal experience to create music that is part of empathetic meditation. It is delivered through wafting melodies, thoughtfully blended found sounds, and quietly introspective lyrics. His debut full-length album, The Water & The Rough, is set for release June 10, 2022, and draws upon the experiences Riley had before and during the pandemic, creating a sonic experience that seems at once peaceful and restless.

While the inspiration behind “Furniture” may have been a result of the repetitive nature of the lockdown experience, there is an undeniable tenderness in the composition of the song that clarifies Riley’s intention behind his lyrics. Sweeping indie-folk energy fills the guitar strums that tumble behind the honey-sweet vocals. Riley calls out specific memories he shares with his partner in a whimsical nature, acting confused about why her face is so familiar, then remembering that she also lives there. Harmonizing vocals flutter in the background of the rising instrumental arrangement as he recalls how they are like furniture amidst all of the repetitiveness of their apartment. The warm melodies and introspective lyrics leave listeners with a heartwarming and uplifting feeling, and it’s a feeling that we are more often in short supply of than not.

The single is accompanied by an endearing music video, featuring real-life couple Stan and Gwenda, who met in Perth while ballroom dancing in 1956 and have been dancing together ever since. They enhance the track with a touching visual experience that amplifies the strange, but warming, experience.

Elena Lin Administrator
I am a concert/festival photographer based in St. Louis. I’m always eager to travel for new music and experiences and to meet new faces!
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Elena Lin Administrator
I am a concert/festival photographer based in St. Louis. I’m always eager to travel for new music and experiences and to meet new faces!

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