Jimmy Behan - The Echo Garden

Jimmy Behan - The Echo GardenRecently I got the next CD of the so-called laptop electroacoustics, it seems that there is already a whole generation of such musicians. I imagine thin, motionless figures of young people as an integral part of it, they stiffen before the laptop display, nearby lies a pair of sound devices (processors, mixers or something else). Abstract constructions of granulated sound layers come from the acoustic system and cover the surrounding space. Be it amorphous ambient or electronic pulsations and grinding sound, in any case all is processed by digital devices and in the result the listener is proposed to examine not harmony and melody, but the complicated structure of deformed sound filled with elegance and beauty of design.

The Echo Garden is a good example of such music, the best variants of which can be of no doubt heard on releases of 12k or Room40. Nature, the sun coming through tree branches, grass bushes where one wants to fall and lie without moving... The whole sound picture is carefully and intelligently sewed together by the threads of rough, glitch electronics. Maybe for some people the album seems to be just the next replication of that had been done by 12k and other labels. Of course, it can be close to the truth, Jimmy Behan won't surprise with anything new in composition the references to creativity of Taylor Deupree and Seaworthy can be heard, a little bit of con_cetta and Off The Sky, in some places Machinefabriek and Pan American... The list can be proceeded for along time, though it doesn't have any sense as The Echo Garden is a pleasant for listening, quite self-sufficient work.

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