You may remember Conor Furlong as the musician who single-handedly wrote, arranged, produced and performed last year’s superlative pop/rock odyssey, Adventure. Considering how impressive the talent and skills exhibited throughout that album were, the Dublin based singer/songwriter could easily be forgiven if any follow-up material didn’t live up to the tremendous standard he set for himself with his inaugural endeavour.
Fortunately though, for both the man himself and listeners alike, Furlong has returned to demonstrate that he does indeed have the ability to match his previous accomplishments, if not outdo them altogether. “In Paradise” is the latest offering he has unleashed upon the world and it’s every bit as exciting as that which has come before.
Kicking off with a light and airy introduction, it sets an affecting, almost dream-like ambience ahead of a happy, laid-back harmony as the first verse begins. A merry beat skips nonchalantly through the background, while playful guitars hop in and out to maintain a strong sense of optimism and hopefulness. Stirring synths build alongside resonant vocals on approach to the chorus, which explodes into a maelstrom of mesmerising music and melodies. There’s a very transcendent trait to the whole thing as it invades the ears and hangs heavy in the air.
Rousing piano keys bridge the gap to the second stanza, generating an epic atmosphere that really draws you in. Quirky instrumentation continues to manifest itself and keeps things lively before the next ethereal eruption. A reserved and relaxing breakdown of keys and electronics takes over from here to build anticipation on the approach to the final volley of vocals. It eventually all fades pleasantly out and lingers long afterwards.
This is yet another absorbing and accessible undertaking by Furlong that’s guaranteed to have wide reaching appeal. If you liked what you heard on Adventure, then you’re going to love this and if you’re unfamiliar with the artist’s material, then here’s your perfect jumping on point. “In Paradise” hits on June 17th.