Emancipator – Baralku: An Album Review

Emancipator Baralku

Emancipator spent the summer popping up on just about every worthwhile festival out there with his new ensemble and now that summer is over it is time for him to drop some new tunes. Baralku is his latest L.P. and while it falls in line with everything that he has done in the past it shows a clear musical maturation for DJ and producer Doug Appling.

Released on Nov. 17, Baralku is certainly done in the same style as the Portland, Ore. based artist’s previous work but he seems to be playing with a much more evolved audio palette in 2017.  Judging by the sound of the new tunes it’s safe to say that getting on stage with his new band, that is damn near his own personal orchestra, has expanded his musical thought process on his studio recordings. “Ghost Pong” is the record’s clear-cut single and it does a great job of displaying in one song what Emancipator is going for with the entire album.

Emancipator is going to be hitting the road this winter to pump his new record with his ensemble on a 25-date cross-country tour.


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

Jeff Schaer-Moses

Jeff Moses is an experienced music journalist with more than 1,000 bylines under his belt nationwide. From the world's biggest rock stars to underground musicians living in your very own backyard he has interviewed them all with clarity and integrity. While some people think a great story needs a little journalistic spin, Jeff believes the best stories tend to tell themselves. For him covering big festivals is always big fun, but finding that band that is a diamond in the rough just itching to get their tunes out there is the greatest thrill in life.

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