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"Sprawling, ambitious… genre-straddling… Nelligan appears to have several musical personalities... intriguing"
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"…tightly crafted, wonderfully wordy, darkly humorous and uplifting… marvellous work…"
-The Sunday Business Post Magazine

"…wonderfully crafted, deliciously infectious indie pop songs."
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"…a true marvel… highly inventive… uplifting and vibrant… 10 out of 10"
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"...songs that run a dizzying gamut of styles and genres... all of the songs are very engaging and enjoyable… from bruised country to all sorts of lo-fi gems… it's great."
-The Cork Independent

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'Dark Matters' consists of fourteen songs written and recorded throughout 2012 and early 2013 against a backdrop of unprecedented unrest and uncertainty. Personal, professional, local, national and global catastrophes plagued its recording, seeping into its atmosphere. The unlikely result is strangely uplifting. The album's infectious melodies and playful lyrics seduce the listener into what ultimately becomes a cathartic trip through the darker corners of this struggling artist's psyche and an exploration of his conflicted relationship with the fractured world we live in. It's refreshingly honest and lyrically engaging. Overarching themes of regret and powerlessness, exhaustion and frustrated idealism battle with a longing for optimism and positivity to create a suspenseful subtext throughout the album. Songs in wildly different styles are tied together thematically to construct an absorbing story. From the nihilistic country of 'The Beersoaked Blues' and 'Flip a Coin' to the ominous acoustronic mania of 'Dark Matter' and 'Fresh Starts', the heartfelt wistful pop of 'Comfort Zone' and 'Feelings Unlike Words' to the anthemic existentialism of 'Every Day We Wake Up' and 'Noughts + Crosses', 'Dark Matters' is an ambitious and accomplished album. While previous lo-fi releases 'Junk From a Past Life' and 'Everything Matters' were promising, 'Dark Matters' marks a huge creative leap forward, bursting with harmonies, insightful lyrics and inventive arrangements.

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released April 24, 2013

Written, arranged, performed, recorded
and produced by David Nelligan.
Additional recording and engineering on 'Hell Is a Waiting Room',
'The Human Condition' and 'Soso Farso' by James Eliot Taylor.
Drums on 'Soso Farso' performed by James Eliot Taylor.

Album art by David Nelligan.
Font by Billy Argel.

Thanks to James Eliot Taylor, Andy Wilson, Joe Cusack, Rory Dillon, Shane Murphy, Mark Fitzgerald, Dominika Walachowska, Ronan Leonard, Dave Knox, Chris Dunne, John Synnott, Edel Barry, Emmet O'Brien, Gary Meyler, Colm McAuliffe, Ronan McCann, Ray Barron, Plugd Records, Wingnut Records, The Pavilion, Patrick & Breeda Nelligan, Olivia Nelligan, Paul Nelligan, Colm Nelligan, Shane Nelligan and Pishkin.

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Track Name: Comfort Zone
I am in my comfort zone
I like it here, it's nice.
Oh, you should leave me in my comfort zone
if you want my advice.

I have found a space
where I can be my open self,
where I can close the book of my failures
and leave it on the shelf.

I was born a wailing screaming baby,
that was me
and that was my way of expressing
my wish not to be so free.

I go swimming in the ocean,
I'm as peaceful as can be
as if the amniotic memory
is flooding back to me.

But of course the bubble bursts
and I'm left to bemoan
the difficulty of maintaining
just a modest comfort zone.

I am in my comfort zone
I like it here, it's nice.
Oh, you should leave me in my comfort zone
if you want my advice.
Track Name: Every Day We Wake Up
Every day we wake up with a past.
The great expanse of time appears so vast.
How are we traversing it so fast?

Do not hesitate or act in haste.
Your fear is something that must soon be faced.
You'll often find that it can be misplaced.

Every day we wake up with a crash.
Everything can change in just a flash.
Just try not to do anything rash.

Every day we wake up with a chance
to improve, to progress and to advance,
to change our attitude and circumstance.

Don't expect too much but don't lose hope.
Life is just like walking a tightrope.
Balance is the only way to cope.

Every day we wake up with a start.
Every day has something to impart,
something good that we should take to heart.

Every day we wake up with a past.
The great expanse of time appears so vast.
How are we traversing it so fast?
Track Name: Reinventing the Wheel
Those long conversations with all those endless questions and useless explanations, our best guess estimation, it's not quite information. We wear our desperation with pride like everything that we tried, it didn't work but it might have triggered something in spite of our worst assumptions.

You've got good intentions but you're not reinventing the wheel just keeps on turning, you feel you should be learning what's real, what's substantial. You wonder, existential, you ponder what's above and under? What's there when it's over? What's it resting upon? And what's there when it's gone?

With some concentration, we'll conquer complications. I want more inspiration, ideas germinating, solutions incubating. I wonder, contemplating my blunders, what's above and under? What's there when it's over? What's it resting upon? And what's there when it's gone?

Sometimes I feel I'm going over old ground, going over old ground, over old ground, old ground, over and over like I'm a broken, I'm a broken, I'm a broken, I'm a broken, I'm a broken record. Sometimes I feel I'm going over old ground, going over old ground, over old ground, old ground, round and round just like I'm a broken, I'm a broken record.
Track Name: Hell Is a Waiting Room
If there was a heaven and hell
and even a god as well,
I couldn't guess what heaven would be like
but hell, I've got some ideas alright.

Could be the stretching out of your anticipation
and the wringing dry of your imagination.
You don't know what but it's coming soon.
I think that hell is a waiting room.
I think that hell is a waiting room.
I think that hell is a waiting room.

There might be magazines
about new flu vaccines.
There might be a ceiling fan
and there might be a sneezing man.

But on the other side of a door, there's eternity
of unrelenting torturous absurdity.
You don't know what but it's your turn soon.
I think that hell could be a waiting room.
I think that hell is a waiting room.

The stretching out of your anticipation
and the wringing dry of your imagination,
you don't know what but it's coming soon.
I think that hell is a waiting room.
I think that hell is a waiting room.
I think that hell is a waiting room.
Track Name: Dark Matter
I'm waiting for my shadow to desert me.
It's clear that light is all we can see.
The dark matters matter not. The dark matter matters not.

Night, night and day, day, black, black and grey, grey matter to me
to be done away with.
The dark matters matter not. The dark matter matters not.

The gaps in our knowledge are making us see
things in the void that can't possibly be.
The dark matters matter not. The dark matter matters not.

Mystery, mystery, what have we missed
beneath the plane on which we exist?
The dark matters matter not. The dark matter matters not.

The dark matters matter not. The dark matter matters not.
Track Name: The Human Condition
There's a term for your condition. It is human, human, only human.
Flowers don't ask for permission before blooming blooming.

Maybe we're vessels waiting to be filled.
Maybe we're wonders waiting to be willed.

I bang my head against the sky until I see stars,
'til I can see the stars. Takes all day
until it is night. But it's always worked,
it's always worked so far.

All of this time just waiting to be killed.
Every grain just waiting to be milled.

There's a term for this condition. It is human, human.

All of the things that we intend to build.
Every promise going unfulfilled.

We are still vessels waiting to be filled.
Still we are wonders waiting to be willed.
Track Name: Noughts + Crosses
Words I don't mean
I don't care,
all the noughts and crosses you must bear
feeling bad about yourself
because it's free,
that's so like me.
But no more, I know this place
like the back of my face.
Words I don't mean
to live by,
words I don't mean,
I don't mean to live by,
bye...

This is the first time
I fell so far and bounced so high.
We should have made some kind of deal
before I told you how I feel.
Now
nothing is happening
so fast that something's wrong.
Time itself has stopped for me
but the world goes on
the world goes on,
the world goes on,
the world goes on,
the world goes on by.
The world goes on,
bye...

Words, I don't mean to live, I don't mean to live by
words I don't mean, I don't mean to live, bye.
Words I don't mean, I don't mean to live.

This is the last time
infinity is finishing.
Wrap it up now,
it's almost like you knew somehow.
Nothing is anything like
something's going on,
nowhere is anywhere
like somewhere I belong.
I belong
where I belong.

Words you didn't mean, I don't mind,
all the noughts and crosses I can find.
Feeling good about myself,
I'm happy to pay the price.
Why can't I ever take,
why can't I take my own advice?
It's words I don't mean,
I don't mean to live by
words I don't mean,
I don't mean to live.

This is the first time
there's no first time for everything and
I told you last time,
infinity is finishing cos
nothing is happening so fast that something's wrong,
nowhere is anywhere like somewhere I belong.
I belong
where I belong.

Words I don't mean
I don't say
but that doesn't mean they go away,
they go away.
Noughts and crosses on the brain,
god I fucking hate that game.

This is the last time,
it's like I said the last few times,
there's no first time for everything,
infinity is finishing and
nothing is anything like
something's going on,
nowhere is anywhere
like somewhere I belong.
I belong
where I belong.
Oh, I belong
where I belong.
Track Name: Feelings Unlike Words
My head's full of marbles
rolling around.
After the jump, I'm
still scrolling down.
The world is all silence,
static and sound.

Creation is chaos,
it's all for the best.
Your heart's just a muscle
that sits in your chest.
As long as you're living
it won't get no rest

Feelings unlike words
can't fake being true.
They're not always good
but they do what they do
Mine make me me
and yours make you you.

As billions before us
lived out their days
we're made to be happy
in small simple ways,
to sit by the fire
and gaze at the blaze.

Yeah, feelings unlike words
can't help being true.
They're not always good but
they do what they do.
Mine make me me
and yours make you you.
Track Name: Been Burned
You try to be honest, you try to be fair
but don't always get the same in return.
You have been betrayed, you have been ripped off
and you've been burned, oh you've been burned.

If it's made you wary, you've been made aware
sometimes you expect the worst, it's true.
But I guess it must be scary 'cos I'm kind of scared
it's bringing out the worst in you.

Reach a little farther, he of little faith.
A little goes a long way, I am told.
But when you try to be more open,
you try to open up, the effort feels absurd.

If you're always honest, if you're always fair
you know you won't always get the same in return.
Nothing could be worth it, nothing's what you've got.
When we get burned, what do we learn?

Ooh, don't, please, don't think, don't think
it'll always be like this,
it won't.
Track Name: Fresh Starts
All this distress, we must progress. I digress.
Love? Hate? Donate eyes, hearts, fresh starts, fall apart.
And sir's answers? Absurd adverbs overheard.
Track Name: The Beersoaked Blues
I drink something strong to loosen my throat
so that I might hit all the high notes
and sing of higher hopes.
And I got a feeling
that your feelings are what matter the most.

From this stage I can see every face,
I'm drinking up the atmosphere of the place,
oh, the beersoaked blues.
Hey! I got a feeling
that your feelings are the things you choose.

Now I don't believe in nothing
but that's not to say that
nothing ain't something
when some things ain't hardly nothing at all.

When my schooling was done
I thought, "That wasn't much fun!"
I should have spent more time outside in the sun
while I was still young.
Yeah, I got regrets but no more, I guess, than anyone.

Cos I don't believe in nothing
but that's not to say that
nothing ain't something
when some things ain't hardly nothing at all.

No I don't believe in nothing
but that's not to say that
nothing ain't something
when some things ain't hardly nothing at all.

Now some folks dance and some folks fight
and some folks fail where others are getting it right
to other folks' delight.
But I got a feeling I will see 'em all in the bar tonight.
Yeah, I got a feeling I will see you in the bar tonight.
Track Name: Soso Farso
All the overwhelming possibilities,
we're misunderstanding every opportunity.
All the underwhelming trivialities
bury us beneath a mountain of banality, so (so far) so.

Though my kilter's off and my thoughts are askew,
if you tilt your head I'm sure you'll share my point of view.
Planet Earth is stranger than we ever knew.
And our fiction's tamer than what turned out to be true.

All the overwhelming possibilities,
we're misunderstanding every opportunity.
All the underwhelming trivialities
bury us beneath a mountain of banality, so (so far) so.

When I behold beauty, shit is juxtaposed.
You can trust your eyes but try to also trust your nose.
When it looks as if it's too good to be true
then it might be someone trying to get the best of you.

All the overwhelming possibilities,
we're misunderstanding every opportunity.
So (so far) so.

So (so far) so.
So (so far) so.
Track Name: Flip a Coin
I don't want you to be unhappy.
Happiness is a coin in the air.
Your illusions are going to be shattered.
I remember when I learned that life wasn't going to be fair.

I don't want you to have to worry.
Flip a coin, the decision is made.
Expectations, they don't really matter.
I don't want you feeling naive and misused and betrayed.

I don't want you to be absent.
How can you love what's not even there?
Our emotions are so hard to master.
I remember when I learned that life wasn't going to be,
wasn't going to be fair.
I remember when I learned, oh yeah.
Track Name: I Don't Think (A Song in Two Halves)
If we had good reason, oh
we could be more reasonable, though
I don't think we ever really think, ooh
I don't think, I just act on instinct. Oooh.

I don't think so clearly
Clearly I don't think it so clear.

Every choice you ever made led here, ooh
fight or flight, adrenalin or fear, ooh.

I have my mind on other things, oh,
if you had something else in mind, fine.

This is how our lives will be defined, ooh
I don't think I'm thinking all the time, oooh
I don't think we ever really think, ooh
I don't think I just act on instinct. Oooh.