Steve Furlong is a musician from England who has been in and out of the music scene. He was a member of a band called Thanet and around 1997 was “burnt out” and needed to step away.
According to Furlong In 2009 the EP Nothing had a quiet release. I’m not sure exactly what that means but it was re-released this year. The whole EP is a around sixteen minutes long and goes by in a flash.
He opens with the title track “Nothing” which is a pop/rock track that somewhat reminded me of The Smiths. The music is atmospheric with choral style vocal harmonies and lead guitar that is placed way in the background. The element that really attracted me to the song was the vocals.
He has a pretty thick English accent to my ears. It was aesthetically pleasing to say the least. He sings “And I know I will never leave you.” The song is almost seven minutes. I felt the main riff was repeated maybe a little too much towards the end. The song is extremely catchy and he may want to consider making a short “single version.”
Up next is “Close” a stripped back song comprised of vocals and acoustic guitar. The guitar picking is very pretty. In fact the song is pretty but also feels emotive and sad. His lyrics are confessional and revolve around loneliness.
“To Fall With You” has a similar melancholy vibe. It's a full sounding song but forgoes percussion in favor of atmosphere. It’s a well written song. The only thing that felt a little out of place for me was when the fade out started while he was singing.
“To Fall With You (Version 2)” has a very different feel. The song is bright and way more exuberant. I personally enjoyed the second version more but both were enjoyable in different ways.
This EP felt a bit like an appetizer. It was engaging in a number ways but didn’t exactly leave me full. Suffice it to say I hope to hear more from Furlong soon. Recommended.
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