Jimmy Behan
Days Are What We Live In CD
 

The mayfly has landed, straight on the cover of Jimmy Behan's latest album "Days Are What We Live In". With the delicate and short-lived insect in mind, immerse yourself into a sonic potpourri of harmonious and "organic" electronica of almost Arcadian quality.

Throughout the centuries, poets have used the mayfly as a metaphor for human transitoriness and life's ephemeral nature in general. Why is that? Well, because the life-span of your average mayfly is only a few days or even hours. Thus, the mayfly has to rush through its life and often doesn't even find the time to eat before it slowly fades into oblivion.

If all that sounds a bit romantic, well, so does Jimmy Behan's music on this album. Jimmy is by no means a newbie to the electronica genre: he has been around Dublin's electronic music scene for many years and has contributed songs to a couple of compilation albums.

"Days Are What We Live In" has been released by the self-proclaimed Elusive Recordings label and impressively shows Jimmy's musical skills and songwriting abilities. For, unlike many of his fellow electronic musicians, Jimmy is indeed a good songwriter, and his compositions would sound equally well if they were interpreted by a purely acoustic ensemble. What you hear is not just technical wizardry, but real songs, sometimes with a leaning towards Pop music, sometimes with a more experimental approach.

All of the ten songs on the album are characterized by an almost dreamy, melancholic mood that has a laid-back, shall we call it "rural", quality. You won't find any urban decay, unrest or fierce distortion here, but classy arrangements and very harmonious sounds instead. Let some of the song titles speak for themselves: "Mayfly", "Summer On The Wall", "Dandelions", "Under The Woods" - get the picture?

Title number three, "Deeper Than Heaven", was penned by Jimmy in collaboration with Irish singer Nina Hynes, whose fragile voice perfectly complements the song. This collaboration definitely treads on Pop territory in a way almost reminiscent of Delerium, but minus the New Age kitsch.

So, if it's a stream of warm, melodic sounds and a generally relaxed atmosphere you're after, "Days Are What We Live In" is a serious contender. Mind you, delve deep into the arrangements and discover a whole lot of tiny musical ideas that make the songs really sparkle and shine.

(rh 03/MMV)

Label: Elusive 

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The mayfly has landed