“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.”
Portland native Douglas Appling aka Emancipator moves silently and lets his music speak for himself. His 2006 debut Soon It Will Be Cold Enough crafted a lane in the ever-changing Electronic scene. Appling’s musical beginnings reside in being a classically-trained violinist. The Electronic-Instrumental Composer/Producer has gone on to develop Loci Records, a label imprint founded in 2012. But recently, this music giant dropped Barkulu,a project rooted in downtempo,jazz,hip-hop, world and classical music.
The self-titled introduction sonically embraces the autumn/winter season with calming violins and light drum breaks. Emancipator explores warm hip-hop vibes with “Ghost Pong”,”Mako” and “Tree Hunt”.”Daffodil Pickles” offsets the first quarter of the album with a numbing trance of muffled, distorted vocals.
“Abracadabra” sets to briefly transport us throughout the world, as jazzy arena of “Goodness” plays in transit to Japanese-influenced “Udon”. Atomospheric compositions found in “Bat Country”, and jazz-laden “Pancakes” rely soothe a restless spirit and awaken it lightly.”Rappahonnock” infuses wind instruments and drums with ukulele solos to create multi-dimensional soundscapes. “Winter Dub”, “Time for Space” and “Sands” close Baralku on light, encouraging notes.
Overall, this album remains to be reassuring yet enticing at the same time. His organic production style describes the indescribable in sound. Its truly a masterpiece of divine interpretations.
Catch Emancipator live on a 25-date ‘Baralku Tour,’ featuring his five-piece Emancipator Ensemble, kicking off on January 30, 2018. Dates are posted below!
1/30 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
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