Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this afternoon’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on Furlong, an independent indie pop rock outfit hailing from Melbourne. Their debut single, ‘Tell Me It’s Mutual,’ is due out in early March. Granted early access to the track, however, I delved deep into it this weekend. Is it a tune that’ll be worth inclusion in your indie music collection? Let’s dig into it and find out.
Furlong is fronted by a woman who sings and players guitar, something that’s always welcome in the indie rock scene, which is traditionally much more of male-dominated space. (Seriously, I wish it was less of a sausage party.) The sound’s personality largely comes from the frontwoman, Andrea, who commands the sound with a beautiful intensity. She completes the puzzle of Furlong - the final piece that makes the whole concoction work as well as it does.
Of course, that means the rest of the puzzle still has be complete. Instrumentally, Furlong is in fine form. The sound they create, while self-billed as pop rock, is a bit harder and more aggressive than some of its counterparts with the same tag. ‘Tell Me It’s Mutual’ sounds like a song that could be straight off a Pixies record, especially in the latter minute of the song when the band really unleashes. (That electric guitar at 2:30 is one of the finest moments of the song.)
The chemistry between the members of Furlong is clear. Andrea is perfectly accented by a well organized endeavor that’s equally well produced. Debut singles are typically raw and disorganized. ‘Tell Me It’s Mutual’ has a fantastic studio sound that exhibits prowess, but also maintains an aura of authenticity and looseness. It’s not a sterile sound at all, so Furlong have walked that line beautifully.
Lyrically, ‘Tell Me It’s Mutual’ is a simplistic effort. “Hey, hey, I adore you,” Andrea croons in the hooks. “Tell me it’s mutual.” It’s a love ballad of sorts wrapped in a thick indie round soundscape. It has such a genuine sound, however, that nothing feels cliche or kitschy. This, obviously, is a direct result of Andrea’s infectious lead vocals and the band’s kinship.
‘Tell Me It’s Mutual’ is one of the best singles I’ve heard thus far this year in the indie scene. It strides a line between anthemic pop rock and harsher indie rock perfectly, and the quality of this debut is miles higher than most. Give it a download when it drops and follow Furlong online below.