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.
1. Granby Row
3. Deeper Than Heaven
5. Days Are What We Live In
7. Summer On The Wall
9. Normal Situations
10. Under The Woods
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