Lushlife | photo courtesy of the artist
Lushlife releases Dépaysement, the second single of Redamancy
Raj Haldar, more commonly known as the rapper Lushlife, just released the second single for his upcoming EP, Redamancy, along with a video. Like the rest of the EP, “Dépaysement” is an ambitious almagamation of rap, avant-pop, and free form jazz. The track features the New Jersey based experimental hip-hop group, Dälek.
A glittering percussive track greets at at the opening, and a wailing sax joins in shortly after. A cacophony of sound bursts in and out of the sonic frame. A slim overlay of static carries itself throughout the piece, cementing the listener into the purposeful unsteadiness of the whole of “Dépaysement.” The nine-minute piece captures interest from start to end, with Haldar’s vision coming through clearly.
The music video similarly leaves the viewer a bit off-kilter as well, as it shifts between cold, industrial scenes. A little over five minutes into the video, a name is given to that off-kilter feeling when some text overlays itself on top of the video:
Dépaysement – The feeling of not being at home, in a foreign or different place, whether a good or a bad feeling; change of scenery.
And certainly the song approximates that sensation, transporting the listener into what feels like an entirely different world.