Emancipator Continues To Inspire Awe With New Album Baralku
Innovative electronic music pioneer Doug Appling, better known as Emancipator, is back with another stirring and inspiring effort entitled Baralku. The Loci Records label head has established himself as one of the most influential and groundbreaking artists in the world of American electronic music. Appling’s pristine style of production has helped him garner widespread support from all corners of the scene and comparisons to artists like Bonobo, Amon Tobin and Pretty Lights. Baralku signifies Emancipator’s fifth full-length album and further bolsters his position as one of the most consistent and creative forces in today’s electronic music landscape. The album has already debuted #1 on iTunes Electronic Chart proving that Appling’s unique blend of electronic, downtempo, jazz, hip-hop, world and classical music has a wide and supportive audience.
The album kicks off with the title track “Bralku,” an absolutely stunning display of all the reasons why Emancipator has blossomed into the undoubted tastemaker that he is today. The smooth and glittering acoustic elements featured throughout the initial track set the tone for an absolutely glorious voyage through Baralku’s methodical yet effervescent collection of tracks. “Ghost Pong” lives up to its name with blissfully haunting vocal samples that interplay devilishly well with ethereal synths and stunning strings.
Further throughout the new release dulcet gems like “Mako,” “Tree Hunt,” “Goodness,” and “Winter Dub” showcase Appling’s immense ability to create atmospheric soundscapes that truly capture the imagination. All 14 tracks on Baralku seem to stand alone with their own unique qualities but at the same time, the entire album comes together like a brilliant sonic mosaic with each piece locking into place perfectly. A mesmerizing combination of smooth jazz, powerful hip-hop undertones, and improvisational jam elements, Baralku shapshifts in truly delighful ways.
Emancipator, who has regularly sold out venues across the country, just headlined Colorado’s iconic 10,000 seat Red Rocks Amphitheater this August. 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.
Fans of Emancipator will absolutely love this latest release and will surely pursue live renditions of all these new tracks as the Emancipator Ensemble “Baralku” Tour pushes on into the new year. Check out the entire album for yourself below as well as the upcoming tour dates for the Baralku Tour.
1/31 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
2/1 – New York, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
2/2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
2/3 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
2/7 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miramar Theatre
2/8 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
2/9 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
2/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
2/14 – Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay
2/15 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity
2/16 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
2/17 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
2/18 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
2/20 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
2/21 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In
2/22 – Charlotte, NC @ Underground
2/23 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
2/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
3/15 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box
3/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre
3/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
3/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue
3/30 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
3/31 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom