The Sweet Joy of Hunting Someone Down

by Niel Irson

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about

About the Journey
Most of us are familiar with the feeling. On the surface everything seems fine and dandy, but below the facade something is wrong. Terribly wrong. This was the exact situation Niel Irson was in when he left his native Denmark behind and headed to Portugal in 2011. Not only was his long-term romantic relationship slowly coming apart, but there was something about his life situation that just wasn’t right. He had a sweet, beautiful girlfriend, an admirable job as a self-made game designer, and seemed on the path to the good life. But at some point he’d lost track of himself. So, off to Portugal he went to start over on a new, inspired chapter of his life.

On the brink of the Atlantic in tiny, charming, bankruptcy-threatened Portugal, songs suddenly started to pour from him. He settled his accounts, quit the all-consuming dream job and started from scratch. Withdrew his pension funds and spent them on studio equipment, which he snuck past airport security as hand luggage weighing in at around 25 kgs. And in May 2011 he started recording what would one day become “The Sweet Joy of Hunting Someone Down” - a dusty, DIY indie-folk travelogue album from the borderlands of love.

About the Album
From the sunny southern coast of Portugal to the cold Danish shores Niel Irson has recorded a travelogue of sound. A dogma-style album with guitar and song always recorded in one take. And while some songs grew into more complex pieces, they have all been written and recorded on the dusty roads and in small spaces around Europe. The best ones have been condensed into the intensely personal album “The Sweet Joy of Hunting Someone Down” - a strong debut which demonstrates not only his ability to write an array of intriguing, modern songs, but also his talent for infectious melodies and personal, poetic lyrics that are sung from the heart.

On “The Sweet Joy of Hunting Someone Down” Niel Irson combines folk, indie pop and folk punk and defines his own artistic space in between the Ryan Adams’ songwriting, the vulnerability of Damien Rice’s “O” and a tinge of something that smells like Soundgarden grunge. It’s an intensely profound album that invites you to travel along from the puffy, pink clouds of a love in its infancy to the deep vale of despair of said love lost, and all the way to the brink of insanity.

About Niel Irson
More than anything, Niel is a songwriter. Oh, and he’s got a voice. A special kind of voice. He goes it solo as a travelling troubadour, adventurer and romantic. With his feet on the ground, his head in the clouds and his hands holding onto his lonesome companion; an acoustic guitar.

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released 08 March 2013

A big, huge thank you to all the talented people who've been involved in the making of this album: Jesper, for being such a talented guy and as much of a making music-soul mate as I'll ever have; Mette Rankin for Harold, investing a tiny piece of her soul and her immense graphical talent; My family, Sofie, Anine, Finn and Lisbet, for lending their ears, time and undying support.

Also a big, loving thank you to everyone who've made me believe that I can make this dream come true: Tinzinha, Jenn and Eva; Lília and Claudio; Joe and the Faro gang; Elsa; João Ramos; Barb; "Uncle" Christian; Der Brandt; Jason; Harold; Julie (of the) Wind; Julo; Jols; Stender; Sue and Jim; Jen, Mal and Miki; Liv; Biljana; Asta Banja; Mantas; Aggerbæk; Petina; Karen S & the CSSA Crew; Everyone who has supported me at my dozens of live gigs; All the people I hopefully haven't forgotten; And perhaps most of all Mari Caine who showed me back onto my one, true path: That of music and touching souls. This record is for you.

Eternally grateful,
N.

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Track Name: Joleen
Just sitting here waiting for tomorrow
As the cool breeze is blowing in
And I'm gonna stay put and wait for the morning
Whether it's gonna come or not

Oh our lo-fi marriage plans
All the games we played
All the strawberries of Scandinavia
Heaps of music
And a golden love

Joleen
Come, please come

I tried to wrap my heart in a plastic bag
Box it and hide it deep inside the fridge
Still you managed to reach in
And lure me out, somehow

My banana crumble carrot cake
And our army of little had-clad vikings
Some fresh cream and a kiss on top
Oh I wish it would always be like this
Like this
Like this

Joleen
Come, please come

Did you have to go half a world away?
Did you really have to run home?
I just want you here
Is that too much to ask?
Is that really too much to ask?

Joleen
Come, please come
Track Name: Heart of Molten Gold
The flames lie scattered across the yard
And he sighs
Just one more drunken firefight
Slashing at flames that duck and hide
But oh
He has a heart of molten gold

Sometimes it comes for him in the night
Soft, soggy steps lingering in the back of his skull
Sometimes it comes for him in the daze
Of a lover's embrace
But oh
He has a heart of molten gold

You might lay him on the anvil
You might strike hard and bold
You might feel that soft trickle
Of gold

The flames lie scattered across the yard
And he sighs
Couldn't manage even a sober firefight

Soft, soggy steps across the yard
Oh it comes to take him to a sacred place
Into a lover's embrace
But oh
He has a heart of molten gold
Track Name: The Sweet Joy of Hunting Someone Down
When I woke up
The first thing I did was to try and remember
When I got up
The first thing I did was to try and look around
Thinking "this place
it looks to unfamiliar
all sand and stone
boy I, gotta get me out"

Cos I know that you burned these holes in my eyelids
I know that you put these scars on my wrists
I'm sure that if I ever meet you again, dear
It's gonna be over
way too quick

Can you feel it,
That I've caught your scent now?
Can't you smell it,
That sweet smell of hunting someone down?
I've sharpened my fangs
I've caught your scent
And this thing ain't over 'til
Someone bleeds

Cos I know that you burned these holes in my eyelids
I know that you put these scars on my wrists
I'm sure that if I ever meet you again, dear
It's gonna be over
way too quick

Oh oh oh
Where are you?
Oh oh oh
Come get your present dear...

Cos I know that you burned these holes in my eyelids
I know that you put these scars on my wrists
I'm sure that if I ever meet you again, dear
It's gonna be over
way too quick
Track Name: Julie
I'm sorry if I said this a million times before
And I'm sorry for being sorry
I'm sorry if someone sang this a million times before
And I'm sorry for being sorry
But you
My Julie

It was a dark and rainy night
A million years ago
It was a dark and rainy night
When I first saw you
And we stumbled upon ice cubes
And all my words jumped ship
As I drowned in your eyes

Oh and, I took you out
The very next night
Yeah, I got to take you out
Whoo!
And we drank and we drowned
But tenderly so
And then you
Took
Me
Home

Oh I'm sorry if I said this a million times before
And I'm sorry for being sorry
I'm sorry if someone sang this a million times before
And I'm sorry for being sorry
But you
My Julie
I love you
Track Name: The Bite Song
I always thought we were meant for each other
I always thought you were meant for me
I always thought you were meant for my brother
I always thought we were meant to be

But somehow every time I see you
I can't believe you, the things you say
Oh, I don't want you anywhere near me
Just scram, and let's not try this again
Some other day

I remember when you used to push me
Off my swing and I though it meant love
I remember when you stole my lunchbox
Oh, I remember every bite you took

But somehow every time I bite you
I can't believe you the way you scream
Oh I don't want to sink my teeth in you
Just go and leave me be

Insanity ad lib.

And let's not try this again
Ever
Ever again
Please
Track Name: The Leash
I'm wondering,
How many times must I go?
How long before you might know
if you're in for love?
If you're with me my love?
How many times must I fall?
How many times must I crawl,
pick myself up and light
my own flame
'cos nothing ever stays the same

You said my heart's not in it no more
I don't know where it's gone to
I tell you that a heart is so fickle and the mind
Is so strong
Just pick up the leash and your heart
Just might follow along
'cos it's something you do
Love is something you do

And I'm wond'ring,
How many times must I go?
How long before you might know
if you're in for love?
If you're with me my love?
How many times must I fall?
How many times must I crawl,
pick myself up and re-ignite
my own flame
'cos noone ever stays the same
Track Name: Ind i skoven
Det trækker ind af ruden og du trækker mig med
Ud i skoven, vi løber, vi løber så rask afsted
Og du er solen og jeg har tabt endnu et lille spil
Og du smiler og stråler og vi giver aldrig op

Men der er huller i jorden mens solen går ned
Og vi famler os frem, famler efter friheden et sted
Bare din ånde mod min nakke og kun feerne ser med
Og vi danser og elsker og bliver ved og ved

Helt ind i skoven
Og ud igen
Det regner sølvgrå stråler
Men vi tager fat og bliver ved
For det er sådan man gør
Det' kærlighed

Som et hul i jorden
Trækker du mig med
Men du ryster på hånden
Giver slip og glider med
Gennem mudderbrune blade
Vi holder tæt, fast og ved
Og jeg nyder din nye duft af mudder
Og det glid der følger med

Men det kribler på jorden mens solen går ned
Og vi famler os frem, famler efter friheden et sted
Bare din ånde mod min nakke og kun feerne ser med
Og vi danser og elsker og bliver ved og ved

Helt ind i skoven
Og ud igen
Det regner sølvgrå stråler
Men vi tager fat og vi bliver ved
For det er sådan man gør
Det' kærlighed
Track Name: Lumsk farvand
Lumsk farvand
I lumsk farvand

En piblen, et træk og vi er på vej
Blåsort blæk under stevnen, tuschet mørke foroven
Jeg tror dig når du siger at vi har langt igen
Mens skroget fyldes centimet' for centimet'

Det' lumsk farvand
Lumsk farvand

Jeg støder på grund i dit viltre hår
Jeg farer vild et sted på dit allerinderste lår

Det' lumsk farvand
Lumsk farvand

Mon du tror mig når jeg siger
At det ikke er let
At navigere med kun hjertet til hjælp?
Mon du tror mig når jeg siger jeg er fortabt
i dig og i et
lumsk farvand?

Lumsk farvand
Track Name: Mostly in Love
There's so many times I've let you down
Oh so many times I've fooled around
But baby, hear me when I whisper
We're still here

In spite of all the pain
In spite of all our good intentions
In spite of all of our differences
We still remain, mostly the same
Mostly in love
Mostly in love

Oh, every time you call me back
And every time I scratch yours
In every way we always seem to come
Together

In spite of all the pain
In spite of our lost refrain
In spite of all of our differences
We still remain, mostly the same
Mostly in love
Mostly in love
Mostly in love
Track Name: Oh. Hi, Fate
Give me one last taste of your knuckles
Right here on my forehead
Do me one last favour before I go
And give it your best shot
Oh, I dream of Crow
Pulling me in two
I never dream of you
All benign, blonde and bloodshot

Give me one last slice of your cake, honey cub
Right here on my forehead
Litter me good
Give me something to do
Recycling your misfortunes
Oh, my dream is black
And black's within my tongue
I give you a taste and
you hand me one back

Right here on my forehead is a scar
Right here on my forehead is my avatar
Come join yours and let us
Limb through this
Forest
Of tall
Dark
Handsome
Lies

All lies

Give me one last taste of your knuckles
Right here on my forehead
Do me one last favour before I go
And give it all you've got
Track Name: Tonight
I think I'm going out
Taking myself for a spin
Trying on your sunshine but I'm not
Letting it in

Cos babe you know I'm
Bigger than you
Bigger than you you you and you
I'm bigger than scream
And I'm bigger than blue too

And I might take you on
Oh I might take you out for a spin

Tonight

Cos we are
Nothing but bone
Nothing but skin
Just a sample of two-shine
Look, it's simple:
Knock. And I may,
Or may not let you in

And I might take you on
Oh I might take you out for a spin

Tonight

Oh to, lick such a delicate neck
Nip such a delicate oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh
Snap back into man
And keep your eyes on the road

Cos I might take you on
Yeah I might take you out for a spin

Tonight
Track Name: Tesco
I meant to tell you this long ago
I never meant to cause a fuzz, turn it into a show
But when I met you down the aisle at Tesco
I just didn't have it in me, to hold i back
Amidst these miles and miles of aisles

I accidentally bit my lip as we were stading over a massive pile of fizz
And you cupped my chin with your stocky little hand, the one you so loathe
Somehow I'd forgotten just how much you fire me up
T'was as if someone had plugged me with a mega-giga watt and cranked it all the way up
And little lights were dancing, uh-oh
Yeah, little lights were dancing uh-oh
Right before my very eyes
Amidst these miles and miles of aisles
But you served me but one taste of you

I didn't notice whether they carried passion fruit that day
Or whether it was simply me, being me
But I miss your long hairs clogging up my drain
And I've tried so hard to forget, to fall in love, but it just doesn't feel the same
So I spilled my guts over line number three
Amidst these miles and miles of aisles
My woman of heart of mind
Oh, for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Let me take you down this
Tesco aisle
Track Name: Play Like Kites
I always thought that you would be the one to pass me by
I always figured there was no reason to even try
But here we are
Here we are

I was wondering about the brown in the blue of you eyes
I was wondering what might be lurking in there
About the plains, the sea
And here I am
Here I am

And we fly
And we float
And we play like kites
And we get lost
We get lost

I never thought that we would be in for such a ride
And as your tide flushes me out I think that
It's probably for the best
So godspeed
Oh darling
Godspeed