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Jimmy Behan
Days Are What We Live In
Elusive Recordings

To be perfectly honest with you, I still don't understand why people record instrumental records - unless of course, you are working on soundtrack scoring for a film. But when it comes to Jimmy Behan, I will forgive this cardinal sin and review the record. Because, simply put, this record is amazing. And come to find out, there are some great vocals here, too.

From the word go, I liked this record, even if it was based solely upon how cool and tidy the cover art was. Who ever thought a mayfly could be so beautiful, unless of course you went to college to study entomology. There is something remarkably soothing about the cover art - perhaps it is the color of blue and the light fading. Regardless, it sets up perfectly for the musical experience that one immediately receives when listening to the music. "Granby Row" is worth the price of the record alone, with its Cocteau Twins-esque vocal sample floating above soft 909 beats and cleanly striking keyboard melodies. "Mayfly" continues the excellence with electronic meanderings over perfect drum loops. It's a perfect song for a clear summer afternoon, staring up at the blue blue sky. Nina Hynes co-wrote "Deeper Than Heaven", and I would guess it is her lending her incredible voice to the track. Not only does the track resonate with light trip-hop tones and lush strings, but the vocals are silky and to die for. I've not been touched with this particular feeling since I first heard Portishead, lo these many years ago.

Days Are What We Live In is an expansive collection of (mostly) instrumental keyboard tracks that resonate with emotion and musical vibrancy. The record is a collection of moments of melodic perfection interspersed amidst a sonic landscape of peaceful wanderings. Fans of mellow electronica, or trip-hop, need delay no further, but go and find themselves a copy of this record! I don't know where Jimmy Behan has been hiding out all these years, caching his musical talents, but I'm glad that he found his way to my ears.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:

1. Granby Row
2. Mayfly
3. Deeper Than Heaven
4. Complete
5. Days Are What We Live In
6. Hanover
7. Summer On The Wall
8. Dandelions
9. Normal Situations
10. Under The Woods

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