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Featuring 22 tracks, the album encompasses a breadth of song styles (from dreamy guitar pop and ambient to rock and electronic) that tip the hat to genres without slavishly sticking to their rules. There is wit, too, as the intro to We’re Listening to David Bowie proves (if you know, you know), while the sequencing of tracks (one instructive example of which is the segue between The Stars and Can I Make You Realise?) makes for an altogether more engaging listen throughout. As a taster of Furlong’s creative talents, 2019-2023 is an obvious choice. As a stand-alone album of tracks people may not have heard before, and that will assuredly pique their interest, it’s a winner.
(Tony Clayton-Lea, The Irish Times)

Hitting real peaks of beauty on tracks like Alien and the very classy Bow Down… The boldly titled R.E.M. Saved My Life Tonight sparkles with electric guitars, and Athens – possibly another nod to Michael Stipe and co – scales real heights of euphoria. There’s also blissful lounge music on Sleeping in Outer Space and Your Sad Smile is that moment in a New Wave movie when the boy finally loses the girl. The industrious Furlong has penned a love letter to his musical heroes that sparks with moments of stark originality.
(Alan Corr, RTÉ Entertainment)

‘Are You Gonna Sleep Tonight?’ is a lush shoegaze tune bursting with ethereal soundscapes and Conor Furlong’s expressive, irresistible musicianship. The complex arrangement of the song and deft production leaves much to be admired; while elements of 90’s rock, psychedelia and shoegaze blend to create an utterly tantalising and refreshing soundscape for listeners to immerse themselves in. ‘Are You Gonna Sleep Tonight?’ is a gem to treasure.
’Survive’ is a magnificent tune that surges with dreamy, intricate and vibrant musicianship and is a joy to listen to. Furlong spreads driving guitars, lush hazy soundscapes and divine melodies over tightly weaved percussion to create a wholly immersive and tantalizing listening experience. Blending tones of melancholia with bright euphoric soundscapes ‘Survive’ is a gloriously compelling tune.
(Danu, indiebuddie.com)

So many songs on this album are anthemic, designed for huge stadiums and massive volume. Take a listen to ‘Bow Down’ for some fine musicality, with twisty-turny guitar lines conjuring fun moods. Look at ‘Athens’ for its massive, anthemic energy. ‘Sleeping in Outer Space’ is the soundtrack to an alien child falling asleep sucking its thumb. ‘Your Sad Smile’ takes all your heartstrings and plays them like a harp. There is so, so much packed into every track that can be flaunted like peacock feathers. With such sheer talent and Trojan work ethic on display, it’s hard not to feel excited about the future for Conor Furlong. Rapid Eye Movement is bursting with talent, songwriting prowess and incredible potential.
(Will Mac Aoidh, Headstuff)

Conor Furlong has been making waves with the announcement of his debut album Rapid Eye Movement. The album is represented well by lead single R.E.M Saved My Life Tonight, a ballad track filled with anthemic guitars and soaring vocals. A pretty beautiful introduction to the artist, it showcases his skills as a songwriter. Rapid Eye Movement is filled with a tracklist varying in style and moods. Weaved in between solid pop songs like Summer Song and seven minutes, spiritualized inspired tracks like Bow Down. It is the tense interlude Dream which carries the listener through a huge number of emotions in a short space of time. It’s a great record from Conor Furlong, he has showcased his talents very clearly and Rapid Eye Movement feels like an artist really honing his craft as a musician.
(Fionn Crossan, XS Noize)

Rapid Eye Movement is an album full of really, really strong songs.
(Dan Hegarty, 2FM)

Full of big choruses, catchy hooks and a cohesive, relentless energy throughout. Album closer ‘Endless Sky’ wraps it all up beautifully with its plaintive strings and pianos punctuated by a harmonica motif that invariably evokes a nostalgic wave of emotion.
(Paul Fitzpatrick, The GOO)

Impressively, Furlong wrote, produced, arranged and performed all of his latest album, Recurring Dream, himself. Taking inspiration from a wide range of art and musical legends – including R.E.M., Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, David Bowie, Hitchcock, Salvador Dali and Monet (to name but a few) – Furlong boasts an expansive sound that sits somewhere between grunge and synth-pop.
(Tanis Smither, Hot Press)

Conor Furlong has just released a new record that’s stunning… Speaking of great Irish artists, I listened to a really beautiful album this week by Conor Furlong. There are lots of really beautiful tracks on it. This one in particular [Alien], I fell in love with it, I think it’s really magical.
(Kelly-Anne Byrne, Today FM)

The song “Alien” has a misty and hypnotic quality, quite mesmerizing and yet, there is sadness to it as well, like falling in love yet knowing it will end far too soon, yet doing it all anyway, like moving into a ghost town and hoping for company. It is both beautiful and melancholy simultaneously. This amazing piece of music is available for download/streaming now.
(Joseph Timmons, Indie Pulse Music)

“Giselle” which gets things off to a stirring start ahead of the absorbingly buoyant instrumentation and enticingly soft yet sonorous singing of “Alien”. This is followed by the affable and uplifting “R.E.M. Saved My Life Tonight”, after which “Summer Song” entrances with its upbeat music and pleasant melody. When it’s done, “Dream” builds a strikingly unique and atmospheric bridge to “Bow Down”, which arrests with its expressive vocals and cheery instrumentation before it passes the torch to the terrifically dynamic “Athens”. “Sleeping in Outer Space” is an endearingly gentle addition next that showcases an assortment of soothing instrumentation ahead of the affecting “Your Sad Smile”, which precedes a superbly spirited finale in the form of “In Paradise”. Furlong has composed a captivatingly cordial record here that smoothly fuses together elements of the genres of pop, rock and shoegaze. Its consistently canorous vocals and amiable music should attract a sizable and diverse listenership.
(Dave Simpson, Pure M)

Here’s a real Dublin DIY phenomenon: Conor writes, records and plays all his own music, releases it via his own website, then rings the journo up to make sure he got his copy. “Peace of Mind” is a lovely, sad piano-painted tune, as is the B-side (titled “B Side”), so we’ll be looking forward to his call.
(Kevin Courtney, The Irish Times)

Conor Furlong’s gorgeous mixture of lush orchestration, tender vocals and sombre piano make “Peace of Mind” a pleasure. Conor’s gift for haunting melody is similar in fashion to Deserter’s Songs-era Mercury Rev.
(Killian Murphy, Hot Press)

You could dismantle his entire album and pick and choose any or all of the tracks as standout singles for any number of established artists. It further cements Conor Furlong as an immense talent, the likes of which you seldom have the joy of seeing. At the end of the day, it’s about the songs. On paper, in your ear, in your head, and Conor Furlong has them.
(Nate Mona, Pure M)

Dublin native Conor Furlong has a voice that nourishes the soul.
(Nialler9.com)

With an ear for haunting melody – and the voice and musicianship to match – hopes are high as Conor Furlong’s LP begins. ‘All That I Gave’ is a decent opening salvo, followed by the energetic and catchy ‘Alive’. By the time the outstanding ‘In My Arms’ is done – and you’ve reminded yourself that it’s not Jen Lekman you’re listening to, but a self-produced Dubliner – things are looking very promising indeed.
‘Take You Out’ is an impressively serviceable slice of Coldplay-esque balladry. Combined with the album’s impressive opening, it confirms that Conor Furlong has considerable talent.
One to keep an eye on.
(Colm O’Regan, Hot Press)

Last week Furlong released his latest single, ‘Eyes Open’, the first thing that struck me was how his vocal reminded me of Mercury Rev’s Jonathan Donahue, but also, in conjunction with the music, ‘Eyes Open’ led me to recall Moby’s ‘God Moving Over The Face Of The Waters’ from his 1995 album, Everything Is Wrong. As the track progresses you cease to notice Furlong’s vocal, and this is a good thing, if that makes sense, you have been so subsumed by the entire soundscape he has created that his voice becomes a guiding whisper in the far distance. I get the sense that he has a full box of tricks he’s just waiting to unleash on us.
(Remy Connolly, thebestofmusicandfilm.blogspot.com)

“Alive” is homemade but epic.
(Eoin Butler, The Irish Times)

‘Are You Gonna Sleep Tonight?’ is downright moving. Given the soaring chorus, it’s already perched high on my list for songs of the year.
(MP3Hugger.com)

Furlong has an immense talent, he can do what many other artists lay awake at night longing for, he can take you into his world and show you around. Comparison-wise, sometimes [his music] harks to something that Nick Cave may accomplish in his solo guise, but there are mighty hints of bands like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mogwai et al. Mercury Rev is another influence that oozes from the record. Well thought out songs with deep messages but completely without pretension and bullshit – something very uncommon in the Dublin music scene these days. There are times where Joy Division’s Ian Curtis comes to mind, maybe it’s because of the underlying tone of sadness and regret common with Joy Division or maybe it’s because like Curtis, Furlong isn’t afraid to bare all for his music. It is one hell of a journey, hopefully this album will be a stepping stone to greater heights.
(Jonathan Bourke, Drop-D)

Furlong’s vision and application to his craft are commendable to say the least. He’s definitely one to watch.
(The Show Fuss blog)

Swirls and stretches your ears in all directions, a veritable smorgasbord of sonic delights. “So, You Think That You’re A Star?” is a real winner, a wholesome slice of mellow alt-rock that builds magnificently …Furlong’s voice has a beguiling quatility to it.
(Jackie Hayden, Hot Press)

Furlong’s tunes are a beatific blend of dreamy folk, sunny harmonies and lazy electronica with a psychedelic twist.
(Metro)

Like the meeting of The Beach Boys, Air and a bit of Mercury Rev.
(Dave Kennedy, Road Records)

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