We are asking some tough questions that all share the same answer. How late is this post, from last week? How much work did we put into covering every song? How great was Dion Timmer’s album? What is the name of our album of the week? What do you call the basic ladies at Starbucks? The answer to all of them: Very Extra
Timmer took his fans and the EDM community on a joy ride two weeks ago, with his first EP release. The double EP runs 10 songs and defines the style of Dion Timmer. The artist catalogs understandings of future bass and dubstep. Dion is not only able to craft a track list that features both sounds, but he is also able to create songs that meld together aspects of both sounds. The genre-crossing that Dion commits to on the album is so unique and creates a vibe to match.
‘Playable Dynamic Sounds’ opens the album, with a very ambient soundscape. The song is smooth and has a restful tone to it. There is a sense of relaxation found in not only the pattern but also the sounds; a relaxation that is developed by the story-telling of a girls voice. The voice describes this being at peace with sound- a euphoria found in music and in yourself. After her monologue, the song fills with more sound and mirrors that euphoric feeling created by sound. The song opens the album very softly and beautifully.
Continuing to lean toward the future bass relaxation of ‘Playable Dynamic Sounds’, ‘The Best Of Me’ is our second track. The has a very mellow rolling feel. Guided by vocals and utilizing a buzzing bass line the song stays on one level. The same euphoric/trancey feel set by the album thus far. The song is strong all around and very melodic. ‘The Best Of Me’ really hints at a dubstep drop around its first build, but does not provide that; we found this very funny for Timmer to do to the listener.
After a softer start, ‘Calling Me’ starts to pick up the pace. The soundscape is still very similar, but we start to hear the dubstep emerge in this song. The melodic beginning is faster paced and guided by those killer, “calling me” vocals. The song does so well of creating this void of sound right before the drop each time. Not only with the deconstruction of sounds being used, but also by echoing and altering sounds that remain. This really makes the dubstep feel deeper. Almost like you opened the song up and went inside to find the bass. ‘Calling Me’, even using dubstep, adheres to the chilled vibes of the beginning of the album. Just another demonstration of the Timmer’s synthesis of sound types, on Very Extra.
Pace takes another dive again during ‘Can You Hear Me’, but it is no issue. ‘Can You Hear Me’ is this beautiful future bass melody. Lyrically the artist has this voice that is so soft and innocent feeling. The music that surrounds it is again euphoric. I mean these songs just bleed this sense of contempt- regardless of the surrounding. There this happiness that bubbles in your chest as you listen to this first half of the album. Even with that, you still hear the emergence of some sounds that normally belong to dubstep in ‘Can You Hear Me’. It is just crazy to note those sounds because they are used in a way to create this soft, gentle, comforting music.
At this point, the listener has no doubt Dion Timmer can create beautiful music. He is in no hurry to stop providing evidence, however. ‘Beneath The Waves’ creates this water-like cooling feeling. The song stays in the same soundscape and energy level as its predecesors. The song packs a little more hop with the harder hitting bass mixed with snare and wind instruments during the chorus. All that to come back down to feature the vocals and the ticking of a clock. This come-down from the chorus allows him to build back up to where the song was, which he does in a way that makes the listener more excited to hear it.
We have reached halfway. Now everyone, take a chance to stretch because we have marked the point in the album when shit gets wild. ‘Dreaming Out Loud’ flips everything we have heard before on its head. The song starts off with a harsh vocal sample and unsettling rings. The bass begins to hit and hit and hit until the vocals fade, and the song builds up for this absolute NASTY drop. You had five songs to relax and get loose, so you could use all the energy you conserved to break a neck. ‘Dreaming Out Loud’ is so abstract, however, because it does not drop every time into hard dubstep. The second drop moves into the future-scape that the first album was in, but adapted to the song it is in. It is smooth but still maintains that harder vibe So when the dubstep comes back in on the third, you are not lost but re-excited. Dion Timmer has the ability to use sounds to create, re-create, and tease excitement for the listener.
On the tail of ‘Dreaming Out Loud’, Dion brings us our title tack. ‘Very Extra’ opens up with this fast paced dance vibe, that does not create the initial feeling of dubstep. It moves along for a while until it transforms. As one beat falls and rises, the dubstep build begins. The drops moves us into this heavy dub light riddim hook. It rips that dance vibe apart, like piranha through a steak. The dance beat is only able to come back to the song through the use of the fade effect but is done in a way that works. The reemergence of the dance track is again Dion just creating and recreating excitement in his listeners.
‘Because Of You’ has a different take on the upbeat dance track moving into dubstep. In this case, the song always has this dubstep undertone creeping. Like eyes peering through the closet on a happy karaoke night. The eyes stop just peering and become a part of the party at the first drop. Dubstep takes over the party. The hooks are heavily bass, with not a whole lot on top. The second drop, however, starts in the middle, where it develops a melody, then drops back into the bass. The ending of the song is so abrasive and sudden- it really added character.
‘Barrows Ballad’ belongs below the belly of the beast. The song is dark and sounds like this battling moment for a character in a movie- and then transports that battle the hell. The song is dirty and encourages that sour bass face. This song is not as much of a headbanger as it is a story piece. So much emotion is in the song, and the bass hooks match that by almost feeling slow motion. Establishes a difference in pace for the dubstep songs, but again creates such a unique sound.
Coming off the slow pace of ‘Barrows Ballad’ the last song does a good job of building it back up. Using rap lyrics and building melody, ‘Identity Crisis’ moves is back into some classic sounding dubstep. Out of most of the dubstep sounds on the album, this song features ones that sound the slimiest. They seem to bubble like toxic sludge at points, which goes well with someone spitting bars and the slower dubstep pace.
Very Extra goes the very extra mile to give the listener an amzing experience. Dion Timmer creates two hugely different soundscapes, on this double EP. He demonstrates talent in both, by creating songs that stand out in any category. The very extra of Very Extra comes when the young artist is able to place sounds from one half of the album into the other half. Dion Timmer has shown with his debut album that he has a lot to contribute, and he is just starting. We cannot wait to see what is to come until then we will be bumping Very Extra.
Until next week.