Thoughts on Delounger
A Look Into the Mind of Debarshi Majumdar
DeLounger succeeds in many areas, such as overall musical transition and thematic consistency, but multiple minor shortcomings render it imperfect.
Upon beginning the playlist, the listener is greeted with “Everybody”, by Logic. Lyrically the song is very intense and heavy. It sets a tone for a somewhat dark playlist to come. But that playlist doesn’t come. What comes instead is a song about doing laundry. And while the smoothness of the instruments and light-tone of “Foldin Clothes” is what actually sets a precedent for the remainder of the playlist, that tone is cut down by the sharp edge of “Everybody”. A reverberation of this effect is seen later in “Have It Or Love It”, which while not as detrimental to the tone of the playlist as “Everybody” still manages to hurt it nonetheless.
However, this is just the tone of the lyrics of the songs. The overall musical shift from fast aggressive hip-hop to slower paced, more relaxed hip-hop (and eventually pop at the very end) is incredibly well done. DeLounger generally transitions very well between songs as the playlist in generally. The transition from “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”, as an example, is seamless. The playlist does have one mediocre transition in between “Devil In A New Dress” and “untitled 03 | 05.28.2013.” and a very poor transition from “Fade Away” to “Elementary Stream”. The end of “Devil In A White Dress” isn’t too problematic. It just feels odd that the song stops so suddenly in a playlist that is designed to be relaxing. A bit of a bump in the road for the playlist but nothing more. “Fade Away” has an awful ending for the middle of a playlist. The 73 second conversation at the end serves only to ruin the immersion of the playlist. It might work as an ending to a playlist, but as is it is only detrimental to the playlist.
The only thing more detrimental to DeLounger is the shouting in the background of “Wouldn’t Get Far”. In the context of playlist intended to be relaxing and smooth, such as DeLounger, “Wouldn’t Get Far” is effectively ear rape. It was the only time during the playlist that I felt myself wanting to take off my headphones and skip a song. Even after the song ended the ripples of it’s harshness lived on in the several songs succeeding it that lost a bit of their luster as I slowly eased back into the playlist. This song does in no way, shape, or form belong in this playlist.
It is worth noting that “Who’s Theme” melds very well with the tone and musical style of the section of the playlist it is in, but drags on just a bit too long. By the end of it I was more than ready for the next song. The playlist also suffers a bit from artist repetition with a total of 4 songs by Logic. This is most prominent in the beginning where 3 in 4 songs are by the artist. If the songs were spread out more it would definitely eliminate any feeling of songs being a bit to similar in the beginning, though it would likely disrupt the overall musical shift of the playlist.
Despite all of these issues (several major but most very minor), DeLounger is still a very solid playlist. It’s overall balance of sub-genres is quite successful and the gradual transition between them is done even better. The couple songs from videogames and the one from an anime merge very well with the tone of the playlist. I didn’t even realize that I had listened to “Super Smash Bros. Melee — Trophy Tussle” until I looked back at the playlist to see where I was several songs later. While there are some hiccups along the way, the sections of the playlist without them really ensured that I was, in fact, DeLounging. Whether that’s good or bad, well, I leave that up to the reader.