“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.”
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, Emancipator has regularly sold out venues across the country and just headlined Colorado’s iconic 10,000 seat Red Rocks Amphitheater this August. His last single, “Ghost Pong”, released in August, racked up over 100,000 plays on Spotify, and was added to its highly viral playlist, “Atmospheric Calm.” Billboard agreed, raving, “Soulful wails and weeping violins set the mood over a laid-back beat. It’s deliciously moody, definitely necessary for your next rainy afternoon.”
Baralku will be released on November 17, 2017 via Emancipator’s own record label, Loci Records, launched in 2012. “As its name suggests, Loci Records is a meeting place, a point of convergence for myself and others who share a similar musical vision. Its focus is on the crossroads of melodic downtempo, instrumental hip hop, and electronica.” There are countless undiscovered artists occupying this space, and Emancipator has made it his mission to bring some of them into the spotlight.