Dropped Flyer
Lowlife


3.5
great

Review

by Apollo USER (25 Reviews)
July 26th, 2012 | 80 replies | 4,193 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A beginner's foray into the trip-hop/ambient world ends up being, for the most part, a great success.

4 of 5 thought this review was well written

Music is art. Art makes us not only feel, but think. Sometimes the thoughts that result are shallow, giving us instantly gratifying pleasure whether it be emotional, sexual or otherwise. Other times the thoughts we have lead to reflection upon deeper emotions and motives which in turn lead to self examination of where we are headed in life. I have always found trip-hop, repetitive, simplistic and most of all atmospheric to lead to some of the deepest emotions that I have ever contemplated. Words do not need to be the vessels upon which we rely to translate what we feel into tangible thought.

The thought's that result might beg the fundamental questions that humans have asked time and again. It's pretty interesting how music can make us run the gamut of emotions that we are capable of feeling. It can force us to silently and privately give in to the thoughts which plague us all in the uncertainty that is our lives upon this earth. Most of all, it is absolutely mind blowing how simple notes in a song can at times force us to question and wonder about the most important issues that we have ever thought of. It is here that Dropped Flyer has come to combine seemingly innocuous pieces of music and in an unexplainable way do this very thing: use his music to explore these issues.

Dropped Flyer is the sound of a burgeoning artist, someone who has all the right ideas but not necessarily the experience with which to execute it in a monumental way. Slow Cycle showcases an intriguing sample looped throughout the song over muted spoken word sections and a straight forward beat almost hip-hop like in nature. While pleasant, the song does little to expand the experience with which the listener is in for. Occult fades in slowly with violin samples, the emotional screaming of a man: “There is nobody here!”, a complex beat, a faded piano sample and other seemingly non consequential noise in the background. The key to this song, and the follow up Luminescent Tubes lies in the minimalist instrumentation/complex atmospheric vibe which conflict with one another. Easy enough to digest yet complicated enough to sit and ponder over.

The album ends on a strange note, weirdly upbeat and straightforward after several songs of melancholy. Not that this is a bad thing per se, however it does send out some confusion with regards to the mood of Lowlife as a whole. However it is short, to the point and perhaps lends itself to the fact that this is music not just of one variety. It has several differing moods, none punctuated by words but instead by a complexity that words cannot provide. Instrumentally intriguing, yet definitely the work of a man new to his craft. We can expect good things from Scott Krasman in the future if he continues in these endeavors, until then we can enjoy all that Lowlife has to offer.



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KILL
July 26th 2012



71566 Comments


m/

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Ire
July 26th 2012



41754 Comments


m/

MO
July 26th 2012



18527 Comments


should've been called dropped flIre wtf was he thinking

Apollo
July 26th 2012



10298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

http://droppedflyer.bandcamp.com/

Album is streaming here

m/

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 26th 2012



50147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

sweet
AOTY
AOTD
AOTC
AOTM

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Apollo
July 26th 2012



10298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I'm pretty fucking proud of this review considering I wrote it in 15 minutes

KILL
July 26th 2012



71566 Comments


i could write it in 2

Apollo
July 26th 2012



10298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

do you like this KILL or not?

KILL
July 26th 2012



71566 Comments


yea its pretty cool stuff to chill too, but i hardly chill i'm more of a thrash kinda guy but i dig it yea

Apollo
July 26th 2012



10298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Fair enough man, yeah usually I am m/ but this kinda shit hit the spot, thunderstorms are destroying the city here

Scoot
July 26th 2012



17734 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

nice review

auberginedreams
July 26th 2012



6033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

one thing i'm curious about (not that it affects my rating or anything, just wondering) is whether this is purely a plunderphonics release or not. scoot talks about samples and stuff but i can't tell if it's all samples or if some of the beats are programmed or played on a keyboard or anything.

Scoot
July 26th 2012



17734 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

all of it is sampled

KILL
July 26th 2012



71566 Comments


all around that dull grey world
from moscow to berlin

;)

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2012



6013 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, pos.

Bookmarked the bandcamp link, gonna listen the first chance i get.

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Scoot
July 26th 2012



17734 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

hi cagle

Samshine
July 26th 2012



1035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

innnnteressting

Apollo
July 26th 2012



10298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

thanks Voivod :-D

Scoot
July 26th 2012



17734 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

it's been interesting getting people to guess the samples used

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2012



6013 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Occult" is as addictive as cocaine.


it's been interesting getting people to guess the samples used

I believe President Kennedy is talking on one of the samples on "Occult"



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