I honestly don’t think anyone could listen to the album Adventure by Conor Furlong and not be impressed. This alt-pop/rock collection was arranged, performed and produced by the Dublin based musician alone; something for which, considering its scope, he deserves a tremendous amount of praise and respect. And if that’s not enough for you, Furlong has released his undertaking as a free download, hoping that “it might be able to make a bad day feel a bit better and maybe even make a great day even more great.” This man is a true artist, if ever there was one.
Thematically, Adventure is quite romantic. This can be felt right off the bat with “All That I Gave”; a moving love song loaded with resounding vocals, pianos, guitars and electronics. It’s a colossal opening that grows larger as it unfolds. Consistency is maintained sound wise with “Alive”, which flaunts a cheerful beat and jubilant melody, allowing for a pleasant, easy listen.
“In My Arms” seems made for dancing, taking off with a reserved but well paced verse that builds anticipation as it approaches its enchanting chorus. “On Fire” follows on quietly with a dreamy feel, enhanced by a dazzling harp like effect during the chorus. Its successor, “Beam of Light”, strikes a great balance between electronic and acoustic elements. It feels deep and meaningful, like it’s a song that matters.
To be fair, this is true of the album in general. It makes you believe that you’re listening to something that’s important. And, much to Furlong’s credit, he doesn’t even always need words to convey such an impression.
The next three tracks are ample evidence of this, being almost entirely instrumental. “The Stars Are Out Tonight” commences with a catchy acoustic riff and striking synths that build over a brief but haunting vocal harmony. The music soon takes over, carrying things by itself to create a stirring, quixotic air that continues into “YPSS-790.” This is essentially an interlude made up of a static effect infused with occasional piano keys. “In Memory” completes the instrumental trilogy with a mystical quality that maintains an introspective atmosphere.
“Take You Out” returns to a more conventional, acoustic pop approach. Furlong’s absorbing voice reignites the romantic air of earlier entries, lending the song an optimistic, hopeful vibe. “Daylight” picks up as a short but sweet acoustic/piano piece, with “A Rowboat in a Storm” further capitalising upon the piano to introduce itself. Subtle vocals during the verse step up to steal the spotlight once the chorus hits. They’re joined by magnificent guitar work as the tempo increases to a suitably prodigious climax. Fading out, “The Dead of Night” picks up as a terse epilogue with an uncharacteristically ominous aura.
Furlong states on his site that he “really believes in these song and [he is] extremely proud of them”. He most assuredly should be. What he has crafted by himself is astonishing. It would be a great achievement by any band, but the fact that it’s the passion project of but a single individual makes it all the more momentous. Adventure serves as a profound and reflective pop/rock album that is remarkably uplifting. And given that Furlong has generously offered it as a free download, there really is no excuse for anyone not to experience it.
Download the Album Here for free on Conor’s website.