This song initially works best in the context of the video that accompanies it (link below). It marks a remarkable jump forward by Dubliner Conor Furlong, his earnest indie pop was always easy on the ear but ‘Are You Gonna Sleep Tonight?’ is downright moving. As you’d expect for a bedroom project the production is a bit rough around the edges (those Mike Oldfield guitars) but you’ll hardly notice given the soaring chorus, it’s already perched high on my list for songs of the year. ‘Are You Gonna Sleep Tonight?’ is taken from Furlong’s second album ‘Playing With Fire’, something I hope contains other precious nuggets like this. Without being funny this is a true thoroughbred. KD
Conor Furlong – Are You Gonna Sleep Tonight?