Days Are Mighty

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Indie Pop / Avant Pop / Muzyka alternatywna
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kontynent: Ameryka Północna
kraj: USA
opakowanie: digipackowe etui

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'I wanted to keep this one personal', says Jeb Loy Nichols. 'Personal and small. It seems like that's the only way to keep outside all the nonsense that passes for the music business these days.'

For Jeb Loy, the personal has always been political. A small act of sacrifice, of defiance, of awkwardness, is often the starting point of these new songs. 'I think about it more and more' he says. 'What I do everyday, in every small part of my life, is part of something bigger.'

Six years ago he moved to a remote farm in Wales to try and have as little to do as possible with the excesses of urban life. These days he grows much of his own food, generates his own power, recycles almost everything he uses, and heats his house with his own wood.

His new record, Days Are Mighty, is an intimate portrayal of a simple life lived on the margins.

'My last record', he says, 'was all about being away from home. I went to Nashville and wrote a record about my relationship with America. This record is about my relationship with home.'

Days Are Mighty, like most home life, is deceptive. On first listen it feels warm, comfortable, and safe. But like most home life, scratch the surface and you find a whole world of contradictions. Songs of loss, of separateness, of fear.

'Sure', says Jeb Loy, 'it's all there. But it's beautiful too. It's simple. Direct. It's like the bluegrass records I grew up with. All those beautiful harmonies singing songs about death. I wanted to make a beautiful record. A warm record. But I wanted it to be about the stuff I deal with everyday. I deal with regret, with age, with disappointment, with the failure of society to be decent.'

The record steers away tricky production and fancy arrangements. It's a record that sounds like what it is: songs about life outside fashion. 'I could have made a bigger record', Jeb Loy says. 'Brought in horns and strings and everything, but I wanted it to fit in my kitchen. I wanted to feel like we were sitting at my kitchen table talking. Just you and me. I wanted to talk about the see everyday. Old barns falling down, the winter months, old girlfriends, the lack of political resistance. I wanted to say: the only true revolution is to fall in love. That's permanent revolution. That's real upheaval.'

To keep the record simple, Jeb Loy chose to work with old friends. Jennifer Carr, a long time collaborator, is on keyboards. Andy Hamill, one of Jeb's closest friends, is on bass. Jonathan Lee is on drums. 'Mates, Jeb Loy says, 'one and all. A good time. Just us, talking. Just family.'

Jeb Loy Nichols: guitars, vocal
Andy Hamill: bass, harmonica
Jennifer Carr: piano, fender rhodes, backing vocals
Jonathan lee: drums, percussion
Lorain Morley: backing vocals
Maria Ryan: flute

1. My kind
2. Days are mighty
3. Lay down and cry
4. 25 years too late
5. Can't find the words
6. Poor little barn
7. That's not what she said to me
8. After November
9. Let's not fall
10. Almost
11. I need you so

wydano: 2007
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