Taymarion captures a captivating yearning soulfulness on the lovelorn “Dark Side of the Rose”. Featuring lush atmospherics, Taymarion offers a wide array of stylistic choices from the laid-back slow jams to heavier, more pop-centric work. Balladry throughout feels outright beautiful, as Taymarion possesses a soothing vocal style highly reminiscent of Moses Sumney. Done with the utmost of care and consideration, Taymarion weaves a large number of genres into the mix, bringing together dance, jazz, electronica, all under the overarching theme of a thoughtful take on R&B. Less of an album and more of a journey, Taymarion possesses a great ear for melody, as the oftentimes hauntingly beautiful chords linger in the mind long after they are over.
By taking on a narrative approach throughout the album, Taymarion almost seems to sing pure poetry. Elements of love, of loss, these resonate deeply over the course of the album. Small vignettes, the exploration of loss and disappointment, permeate each piece. Yet even within this, Taymarion also offers hope. The critique and dismantling of love happens in such subtle delicate ways throughout the album. Arrangements further add to the magical, dreamy quality of the atmospheres. Drawing from jazz’s loose roots with an updated take that recalls Flying Lotus’s dexterous grooves, the album radiates a tremendous warmth.
A great summery heat introduces the album on the crisp joyfulness of “Vibes”. Things are kept to the essentials as the buildup happens with just the right amount of care and consideration. Fluttering synthesizer sweeps make “Rain Down” feel like R&B meets early Warp Records. Full of a sensitivity, Taymarion offers a narrative of what modern love truly entails. Going for a woozy, psychedelic aura is the ambience of “Like I Can”. Melodies are perfectly wobbly as the rhythm opts for a giddy sensibility. Even the chorus feels carefully considered and downright infectious.
Jazzy, noir-vibes defines the whole of “Faded”. Bass rumbles ensure that the track remains just the right level of sparkling. Full of yearning, the song has desire right in the center of it all. Efficient, bouncing beats anchor the whole of “Ol Skool” as the melody almost skitters about. Colored in with a rich yellowed nostalgia, the piece offers a glimpse of those moments of lust and longing that got away. An infinite tenderness runs through the whole piece in the best way possible, in a way that shows true growth.
Like a half-forgotten dream, “Pillow” is aptly named. With elements of funk and rock filtered in through his unique take, the track feels so inviting. Layer upon layer swirls about on the bluesy chords of “Distraction” where Taymarion’s lyricism feels particularly poignant. Showing true sensitivity “Grown Men Cry” glimmers as Taymarion’s passionate delivery feels pitch perfect. By far the highlight of the whole album comes from the incredible finale of “No Time for Love”. Piano introduces it as it explores a vast, spacious kind of geography. Even after the beat drops the kaleidoscopic rush of color shifts in textures in just the right way.
Sculpting his own uniquely shimmering world, Taymarion creates a beautiful portrait of the complicated world of love with the incredible “Dark Side of the Rose”.