Emancipator Brings Downtempo Beats Back to Red Rocks May 26th, Releases Eponymous Video from #1 iTunes LP ’Baralku’
Today, tickets go on sale for the return of classically-trained electronic producer Emancipator (Doug Appling) to Colorado’s famed venue Red Rocks May 26th as part of his nationwide 25-date tour with the Emancipator Ensemble which kicked off on January 30, 2018. In tandem, the downtempo star releases the spiritual video for the eponymous track to his #1 iTunes Electronic album, Baralku, out now on his Loci Records.
Tickets on Sale Today at 10am MT HERE
Inspired by the astral “island” some aboriginal societies believe to be our spiritual home after death, ‘Baralku’ synthesizes downtempo hip-hop beats, world music elements, and field recordings, as well as jazz, folk, and classical influences into a transcendent hybrid of lush, nuanced, and ethereal compositions. “No part of his fusion is forced,” the New York Times has proclaimed. “While many attempts to merge classical melodicism with dance music sound awkward and gimmicky…Emancipator has found a balance.” In each live performance, Emancipator harks back to his college jam band days, honoring the need for structure while allowing room for improvisation.
“Music takes me to places, and each song is a spirit island on which its soul lives infinitely,” says Emancipator of the album’s formerly secretive title and his inspiration for this album. With his five-piece band, Appling artfully balances seamless instrumentation with each crowd’s unique, vibrant energy. “We carve out parts of the show for improvisation. “We’ll play something live and decide, ‘That sounded great,’ so we start playing it like that at the next show.”
Falling in love with hip-hop, jazz, and world music, while learning violin, Emancipator has been honing his sound since his highly acclaimed 2006 debut, Soon It Will Be Cold Enough. In the decade since, his unique amalgamation of styles has generated steadily escalating buzz. On the strength of four albums–Soon It Will Be Cold Enough (2006), Safe In The Steep Cliffs (2010), Dusk to Dawn (2013), and Seven Seas (2015)–plus several remixes and EPs.
3/31 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Headline Performance at Red Rocks HERE
In search for mind immersing, spine tingling tracks would land many stumbling upon Emancipator. Between the countless tour dates, festivals, and studio time, Emancipator (aka Doug Appling); the Portland, OR based electronic producer, has retained a steady rise of success over the past few years. Playing sold out venues, to the delight of his faithful fans, 2012 proved to be a year of expansion and growth for this talented young musician. Further backed by the support of two highly acclaimed albums, “Soon It Will Be Cold Enough” and “Safe In The Steep Cliffs” and the recent launch of his own label, Loci Records, this young entrepreneur shows no signs of slowing down.
Run by electronic music’s sleeping giant Doug Appling, aka Emancipator, the Loci Imprint is committed to supporting artists who create music that is simultaneously organic and electronic, transcending genre boundaries in what could be considered a modern extension of the trip hop movement. “As its name suggests, Loci Records is a meeting place, a point of convergence for myself and others who share a similar musical vision,” says Doug. “Its focus is on the crossroads of melodic downtempo, instrumental hip hop, and electronica.” There are countless undiscovered artists occupying this space, and Emancipator has made it his mission to bring some of them into the spotlight.
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