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about

The long awaited debut album by iEuropean.

‘Into The Unknown’ is just that – an unplanned journey made on utterly unchartered waters, by two of the most unlikely of musical collaborators. That partnership has produced a bold, original musical statement full of unexpected moments, sudden shifts and towering pop songs.

After leaving his former group Empire State Human, iEuropean founder and electronic music stalwart Seán Barron found himself lost at sea and considering a voyage which he intended to take with numerous guest passengers delivering vocals. The project began with an auspicious pairing with Kraftwerk’s Wolfgang Flür (2014’s ‘Activity Of Sound’ EP), but Barron soon found himself drawn increasingly to the siren-like a cappella vocal he'd been sent of a song called ‘Sweet Paranoia’ by an actress and singer friend, Ruth Lalor. The iEuropean ship was taken hastily back to port, fully refitted and then set sail once more, this time as a fully-fledged duo.

Recorded between 2013 and 2016 in Barron’s studio in Dublin and then after its relocation to Kildare, the stylish production of ‘Into The Unknown’ takes in prowling synths reminiscent of Alan Wilder’s Recoil releases and Depeche Mode albums, disco-era strings, crisp electronic rhythms and occasional unanticipated nods to techno and dance music. This is modern electronic pop music which is both forward-looking and reverential, unafraid to experiment but entirely sensitive to history.

The consistent thread running through this album is Ruth Lalor’s voice, full of bluesy angst and anguished emotional outpourings. Hers is a voice that belongs in smoky underground speakeasies and dimly-lit jazz clubs, all rich soulfulness and molasses-smooth tenderness. On paper, setting that voice to an electronic template would sound as treacherous and ill-advised as deciding to put to sea in the midst of a violent storm, but one listen to tracks like the rapturous nod to dance music on ‘Don't Lose Control’ or the unpredictable switches of ‘Fire Out’ and you realise that this is a calculated risk that has absolutely paid off.

credits

released April 21, 2017

01 Sweet Paranoia
Written by Ruth Lalor & Seán Barron

02 Falling
Written by Ruth Lalor Arrangement by Nick Seymour, Robert Arkins & Seán Barron

03 Fire Out
Written by Ruth Lalor & Seán Barron

04 Don’t Lose Control
Written by Ruth Lalor & Seán Barron

05 I will Follow7
Written by Ruth Lalor & Seán Barron

06 Requiem
Written by Ruth Lalor & Seán Barron Marching drums courtesy of Aoife Jordan.

07 Sweet Dream
Written by Ruth Lalor
Arrangement by Nick Seymour, Robert Arkins & Seán Barron

08 Bring on the Rain
Written by Ruth Lalor
Arrangement by Nick Seymour & Seán Barron

09 We are Brothers
Written by Aidan Casserly, Seán Barron and Alan Arkins. Additional Vocals and Production by Clive Pierce.

10 World of Fantasy
Written by Ruth Lalor & Seán Barron Additional Vocals - Krystyna Eller Guitar - Mark Joseph Healy


iEuropean would like to thank all those we dearly love (you know who you are), for supporting and inspiring us over the years.

We would also like to thank all artists and friends who have contributed in any way to this album both in recent times or in the past.

Jon Russell, Clive Pierce, Aidan Casserly, Brian O’Malley, Andy Patchell, Alan Arkins, Robert Arkins, Krystyna Eller, Mark Joesph Healy, James Aparicio, Rusty Egan, Nick Seymour, Peter Fitzpatrick, Per Aksel Lundgreen, The Electricity Club, Mariusz Polak, Fiona Killeen.

This album is a reflection of many hours of work by numerous fantastically talented people, to whom we are very grateful!

Mastered by James Aparicio

Photography by: Ruth Maria Murphy
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Track Name: Worry Not Sweet Paranoia
Can you hear the calling
Unspoken whisper in the dark
Feel the motion
Curse the howling
Don’t it know when to stop

Worry not sweet paranoia
The night is long but you’re ok
Worry not keep yourself warm
It will pass by the break of day

Can you hear
Hear the calling of angel voices
Outside from your past
Tuck your head beneath your pillow
For as long as it will last

Worry not sweet paranoia
Bear in mind it’s in your head
Worry not we’ll be with you
Every minute you’re in your bed
‘till your dead
Track Name: Falling
You’re a dreamer
You dream of things
You dream of things that you can’t see
You’re falling down
Down to misery,can’t you let your dreams breathe
Look around nothing stands still
Take a risk babe stop acting like a child
You’re a dreamer you dream of dreams babe, but you can’t see open your eyes

Open your eyes, let yourself breathe, why do you have to let it lie
You’re a dreamer you dream about things
You dream about things that you can’t see
But you’re falling down to misery
Can’t you let your dreams breathe

Don’t you feel that you have it to prove
Are you to scared to make your move
Is that what it is boy

You can’t turn yourself around
Take your head up off the ground
Don’t you want more

You’re a dreamer dreaming babe
You can’t seem to find your own way
Your world keeps on falling down and you keep on going round
Don’t you want more

You’re a dreamer dreaming babe
You can’t seem to find your own way
Your world keeps on falling down and you keep on going round
Don’t you want more

Open your eyes, let yourself breathe, why do you have to let it lie
You’re a dreamer you dream about things
You dream about things that you can’t see
But you’rer falling down to misery
Can’t you let your dreams breathe

Pull yourself out follow the light
Didn’t you once say everybody finds their own way
Pull yourself out follow the light
Didn’t you once say we all find our own way
Track Name: Fire Out
I breathed you in with a deep sigh
I breathed you out with a tear in my eye
I took you in to be by my side
Left imagining what life might have been like

I put your fire out goodbye old friend
I put your fire out goodbye the end

At first you seemed to inspire
Soaring with you couldn’t get much higher
Your grasping hands they clung on tight
Turning you into the darkest night

I put your fire out goodbye old friend
I put your fire out goodbye the end

Blacked out I don’t remember you made me so
Blacked out I don’t remember I had to let you go
Blacked out I don’t remember you made me so
Blacked out I don’t remember I had to let you go
Goodbye the end
Track Name: Don't Lose Control
Wake up in the dark
I feel it all around me
Its creeping in
Deeper growing fear
The panics setting in
Don’t let it take you away

Don’t lose control
And permeate my soul
aggggggghhhhhh

Never letting go
Your own imagination
Unable for the tension

Ready to implode
The pressure keeps building
It never leaves you alone

Don’t lose control
And permeate my soul
aggggggghhhhhh
Your better than you know
You have to let it go
aggggggghhhhhhh
Track Name: I Will Follow
I am looking for your guidance
Open the door show the way
I’m enamoured by your silence
Although I hear each word you say
I’m not confused
I will follow on bended knee
I will carry your dynasty

I am searching for the answers
Light a candle and I rise
Go in peace you’ll be forgiven
And receive the almighty prize
I’m not confused

I will follow on bended knee
I will carry your dynasty
I will worship the ground beneath
I will buy into your infinity

If I call out your name
What if I call it in vain
Would you forgive me
Would you let me back in again

I will follow on bended knee
I will carry your dynasty
I will worship the ground beneath
I will buy into your infinity
Track Name: Requiem
I close my eyes and I see
What’s in front of me
I reach for you I’m free

Don’t wake me now I want to stay
Who’ll be here
Who’ll show the way
Don’t wake me now
Then you’ll go, don’t go, don’t go

I feel this fear inside of me won’t you please help me
Track Name: Sweet Dreams
Sweet dreams my baby sweet dreams tonight
Glad you’re asleep now I can say goodbye
Time to part paths times passing us both by
And they say that this clock it has no rewind

Stay still now dear I don’t want to fight
That’s why I’m leaving you in the dead of night
It may seem cruel just to be kind
but they say that this clock it has no rewind

I want to hold you once more before I go and tell you
That I loved you and make sure that you know
but I have to go I have to go

Sweet dreams my baby sweet dreams tonight
Don’t spend your time wondering why
Life is too short you’ll soon realise that it’s all played before in your own mind
I’ll just sit here and watch you quietly
until it’s time for me to leave
Remember your face sleeping peacefully
Content in a place not meant to be

I want to hold you once more before I go and tell you
That I loved you and make sure that you know
but I have to go I have to go

I want to hold you once more before I go and tell you
That I loved you and make sure that you know
but I have to go I have to go

Maybe in the future ill look back with regret
Treasure our memories everything that I left
But baby it’s been going on in my mind
With these thoughts I’ve no choice but to leave you behind

But I want to hold you once more before I go and tell you
That I loved you and make sure that you know
but I have to go I have to go

I want to hold you once more before I go and tell you
That I loved you and make sure that you know
but I have to go I have to go
Track Name: Bring on the Rain
You know things will never be the same
You know things will never be the same
Am moving on, decided that I’m moving on
Out of this old tied down game

I decided that I like the rain
I decided that I’d had too much pain
This future will keep me sane
This future will keep me holding on

You know things will never be the same
You know things will never be the same

The sunlight doesn’t shine too bright
No break between the dark of night
Bring on the rain outgrow the shame bring on the rain

Don’t bother to look out for me
Don’t bother to shout out for me
Decided that I’m moving on
Decided that I like the plains, decided for once that Id hold the reigns,
This future is mine again.

You know things will never be the same
You know things will never be the same
Things will never be the same
Track Name: We Are Brothers
We’re seeing with the same eyes
Holding with the same hands
One heart to break
One life to take

We are brothers
Once we were young
You press your hand in mine
We stand together
I hold you in my arms
This moment forever

We shelter from the same wind
Discover with the same mind
The time is cruel
It takes from you

We are brothers
Once we were young
You press your hand in mine
We stand together
I hold you in my arms
This moment forever

You press your hand in mine
We stand together
I hold you in my arms
This moment forever
Forever, forever
Brother

Let me shelter you
Let me shelter you
Let me shelter you
Let me shelter you

You press your hand in mine
We stand together
I hold you in my arms
This moment forever

You press your hand in mine
We stand together
I hold you in my arms
This moment forever
Track Name: World of Fantasy
You might call me lazy cos I like to go nowhere
Just some observing while I’m sitting in my chair
Just a little look around to see if I can bring about some distance from reality

But I never thought that I would find such clarify and tranquillity in my own company
I stand aside eyes open wide gaze at the incoming tide in a world of fantasy

You might think it strange if I go start singing to the trees
Wondering where the times gone or where it seems to be

But I never thought that I would find such clarify and tranquillity in my own company
I stand aside eyes open wide gaze at the incoming tide in a world of fantasy

Just a little action enough to get you through the day
A tiny bit of something just to help you on your way
Just something to distract you from those daily monotonies
Like stealing from the moonlight to be in time with the breeze

But I never thought that I would find such clarify and tranquillity in my own company
I stand aside eyes open wide gaze at the incoming tide in a world of fantasy