Emancipator Releases Earthy New Album 'Baralku'
Emancipator, the worldly downtempo alias of Doug Appling, has released his fifth full-length, Baralku.
Taking its name from the of the island indigenous Australian people believe the dead claim as their spiritual home, Baralku continues Emanicpator's tradition of synthesizing edit-binded shards of world music with his classical training and love for hip-hop.
See that entrancing style on full display in his Red Rocks 2017 recap video below.
Baralku has polished-stone quality: shapely, speckled with earthy textures processed until it gives off a cool-to-the-touch sheen. The elements you'd consider to be foundational to an Emancipator track (a scattering of glassy-eye piano riffs on "Tree Hunt," the dead-body thud of the drums that break through the vocal warps on "Daffodil Pickles") are reinforced here in new ways. The violin -- an instrument Appling says he's just recently picked up -- consumes a large amount of the album's melodic space, with surprising flexibility. Through Baralku's hour-long run, it lends itself to a jammy folk groove on "Goodness," then is played with a soured howl in the breakbeat-streaked "Bat Country."
“Music takes me to places, and each song is a spirit island on which its soul lives infinitely,” Appling said in a statement. “To release a song is both a death and a birth at the same time. 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.”
Listen to Baralku here:
Baralku is out now on Emancipator’s own Loci Records. Check out his tour dates with his five-piece Emancipator Band below.
Emancipator Ensemble Baralku Tour dates:
Jan. 30 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
Jan. 31 - Boston, MA - Paradise
Feb. 1 - New York, NY - Brooklyn Steel
Feb. 2 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
Feb. 3 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Feb. 7 - Milwaukee, WI - Miramar Theatre
Feb. 8 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
Feb. 9 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
Feb. 10 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
Feb. 14 - Birmingham, AL - WorkPlay
Feb. 15 - Baton Rouge, LA - Varsity
Feb. 16 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Feb. 17 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
Feb. 18 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
Feb. 20 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
Feb. 21 - Nashville, TN - Exit In
Feb. 22 - Charlotte, NC - Underground
Feb. 23 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
Feb. 24 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
March 15 - San Diego, CA - Music Box
March 16 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre
March 17 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
March 29 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
March 30 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
March 31 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom