Jerome Dillons Producing Debut
By Stephanie Jorgl
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The Dream and the Name
In explaining the nearLY project name and his recurring dream, Dillon says, I could come up with a really artsy-fartsy answer for the capitalized letters, but it would be bullshit. The name nearLY itself was directly related to a recurring dream (or nightmare) that I was attempting to document musically through the record.
His dream was actually a very peaceful one that took a few years to play itself out. I kept getting a bit further along the path every time I had the dream, so I thought that it must be trying to tell me something, he says. And for about the last year of it, the dream ended with me accepting an invitation to drown myself in a very serene and calm body of water. Without sounding too bleak or depressing, the name nearLY just seemed to represent where were ALL heading: to the end of our time here.
Upon first listen, you truly feel yourself swept into Dillons heavy and intoxicating dream, lulled in by sweet, yet sad melodies, and driven forward by Dillons impeccable producing skills which use the percussive elements of every sound and the space around those sounds to carry you through every song and into the next. This album will be an extreme treat for anyone who enjoys the hypnotic sedation of a full albums worth of overwhelming dark melodies and string arrangements woven in with spooky guitars and amazing percussive production.
Its often been said that drummers make the best producers and here Dillon definitely proves this again, taking his pre-NIN skills from working alongside composers like Basil Poledouris and composing with acts like Howlin Maggie, and delivers an album with enough well thought out breaks and production that listeners will surely be disappointed when they have to go back to listening to other current releases of similar genres.
Producing Talents Unveiled
The collection of 12 songs takes you on a heavy journey through sonic elements reminiscent of dark, brooding acts like Pink Floyd, The Cure, Spiritualized and Dead Can Dance. Your emotions are touched, heightened, aggravated, unsettled, depressed, uplifted, confused, then enlightened, as well as euphorically calmed. There is nothing about this album that does not show off the previously undisplayed producing talents of Dillon.
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