Kryptic Minds
One of Us


4.0
excellent

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
February 1st, 2011 | 66 replies | 8,659 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: for patient listeners, "One of Us" should remain as interesting as it was after hearing it for the first time.

Kryptic Minds’s One of Us isn’t exactly an exciting album, but what it lacks in punch it completely makes up for in skillfulness. These days, a few sell-out dubstep artists roam the Earth (Skrillex, for example) with all guns blazing, preferring a blatant attack rather than a clever one - there is nothing wrong with this approach. However, in comparison to such impressive aggression, intelligent dubstep albums such as One of Us seem vapid, and are left behind in the vast area known as the underrated zone. Instant amazement is not the result when listening to this album, if anything, it takes a patient listener to appreciate the subtleties of the music. For those who can sit down and wait for the effects, Kryptic Minds’s album should be impactful, but don’t expect to fall in love with it after one go. With a bit of experience, the love for this type of dubstep should grow to the point where in-your-face dubstep albums will seem less desirable. This is the first step into the cave, and the more steps you take, the less you will want to leave it.

The feeling often associated with Kryptic Minds is one word, and that word is “chill”. You will not find hostility in the beats or the sounds, only a cool, reserved simplicity. This is music to fall asleep to, or to listen to when in deep contemplation. Experimentation is not the norm, and melodies barely even appear throughout the sleepwalking, the journey is introspective and the music is relaxing. The sound created is not even a full sound, but it hardly matters. Imagine an empty cave, it seems perfectly quiet until the faintest of sounds is heard. Walking further in, the footsteps echo against the walls. Occasionally the faint sound of water droplets can be heard as they bare the unmistakable “drop” sound. Although the cave is empty, even the smallest of sounds awake the senses, and every moment seems that much more meaningful.

After a while, as the cave begins to feels familiar, the idea of adventuring through a cave becomes less appealing. There is nothing there except the emptiness, and there is no one around to talk to. Loneliness slowly creeps in as the person realizes just how tired they are of standing around in a cave. Clearly losing interest, the person leaves the cave, looking for something else that’s exciting to do. It’s not that the experience was uninteresting, it’s just that they felt they had seen everything there was to see. Of course, they may realize their mistake later and return for another visit, but at this point, they feel accomplished. While the experience was fascinating, it did not completely engage the person, and that is why Kryptic Minds’s One of Us, despite being interesting, falls a tad short of its potential.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 1st 2011


31153 Comments


Nice

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pizzamachine
February 1st 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Dev, I figured you of all people would appreciate a review for this.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
February 2nd 2011


10593 Comments


Sounds kind of interesting, man, good work!

Xenophanes
Emeritus
February 2nd 2011


10593 Comments


Double post, fuck.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2011


31153 Comments


The latest 12' inch from these guys wasteland is pretty sick - and by latest I mean June last year

I'm surprised you didn't touch on any of the reggae influences in Kryptic's sound

pizzamachine
February 2nd 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Xeno.

I haven't heard wasteland yet.
Hm, I guess they didn't stand out (imo) enough for me to write about them.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2011


7264 Comments


Excellent review kintups. If I may, sometimes I wish your reviews get a bit more attention. You're one of the site's best reviewers, yet your pieces get passed over more often than they should be.

But have an IRVINGPOS =)

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sifFlammable
February 2nd 2011


2741 Comments


great

Tyrael
February 2nd 2011


20874 Comments


Concise but still descriptive as always. Nice work Pizza.

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pizzamachine
February 2nd 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ Irving: thanks a lot Irving! It's my lot in life really, I review obscure albums that no one's ever heard of. Apparently people like sticking to what they know.

Thanks Ty too, and NO it ain't ambient.



Deathcar
February 2nd 2011


1534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So if I dig Clubroot, James Blake and Burial et al I'll dig this?

Deathcar
February 2nd 2011


1534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review as well dude.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2011


31153 Comments


Yes, but only because Kryptic likes to make use of more spacious sounds. Things are more drawn out and allowed to kinda "take shape" almost, like what Clubroot does

afghanwhigger
April 30th 2011


67 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review and great album. This was the perfect soundtrack to drinking rum and smoking cigars on the porch last night.

twlichty
April 30th 2011


3407 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lovin this album... good review

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2011


31153 Comments


New one's better

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
September 16th 2011


6448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fuck yeah, oldskool dub right here. Loving this!

Great review, also

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ShousoStrip
November 12th 2011


574 Comments


sort of boring.

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
November 25th 2011


7105 Comments


http://live.getdarker.com/

Kryptic Minds gonna be playing a b2b set with Youngsta in a bit.

sifFlammable
May 2nd 2012


2741 Comments


man this albums got some real decent tracks but real duds too

its the true hallmark of an electronic album





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