Emancipator’s ‘Baralku’ + Tour Dates
Classically trained, electronic producer Emancipator (Doug Appling) releases ‘Baralku’ on his Loci Records imprint and debuts at #1 on iTunes Electronic Chart. 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.”
“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. “To release a song is both a death and a birth at the same time,” he adds. “The sounds contained in each song have reached the end of their life process. The once shapeshifting collage of expression has been crystallized into a final form, no longer kinetic. Yet it exists in a state of permanent potential energy, waiting to be accessed in the form of music, just as the memory of a departed soul will always have the power to move us.”
Stream First Single ‘Ghost Pong’ HERE
Stream Second Single ‘Goodness’ HERE
Fans and critics alike have been praising the three lead singles – the moody ‘Ghost Pong,’ the jazzy ‘Goodness’ and the string-heavy, softly layered stunner “Baralku.” A “Dulcetly distinct,” “Jazzy Delight” that “Mends Your Soul” to an “Atmospheric Calm” with its “Quasi–spirited grace and elegance.”
Emancipator recently announced the 25-date ‘Baralku Tour,’ featuring his five-piece Emancipator Ensemble, kicking off on January 30, 2018.
Emancipator, who has regularly sold out venues across the country, recently headlined Colorado’s iconic 10,000 seat Red Rocks Amphitheater. In each live performance, Emancipator harks back to his college jam band days, honoring the need for structure while allowing room for improvisation. 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.“A lot of the parts that end up being incorporated into the songs later on come out of these improv spaces. 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.
‘Baralku’ is out now on Loci Records, launched in 2012
Complete List of 2018 Tour Dates Below:
3/31 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
MORE ABOUT EMANCIPATOR:
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.
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