Have I posted about Emancipator and who he is ?
I discovered him by accident, but I am very, very happy that I did so. I feel more intelligent in the music world, my horizons a bit more expanded, my mind a bit more open just because of his music.
Emancipator is one guy (his real name is Douglas Appling in case you were curious), and he self-released an album when he was only 19 !!! (That was in 2006 in case you were curious again). Here I feel like my life is rotting, at 26 years old with a thesis to write, and this guy self-releases an album, with songs that he wrote himself mind you, at 19. On one hand I feel awe when I think of it, on the other hand I feel depressed as to how my life is.
The first song I heard of his was Lionheart, and since then I’ve listened to a handful of his other ones from the same album, “Soon It Will Be Cold Enough”.
Music with deeper meaning, eliciting emotions from within and pulling at your heartstrings. Definitely not the typical “boom-boom” that you hear in pop music. Of course that is what genres are for but I’m just sayin’.
Here are the links to his main website and MySpace, to explore it further. Although do expect me to post his songs on this blog in the near future 😉
What images come to your mind while listening to “First Snow” ?
But those in the know have been following Emancipator since he self-released his first album, Soon It Will Be Cold Enough, at the age of 19 in 2006. His agile melodies layered over headnodic, immaculately-produced beats captivated fans across the internet and across the world. “Soon It Will Be Cold Enough” was picked up by Japanese super-producer Nujabes, pressed in Japan and sold 5,000 copies in the first six months. Emancipator landed a Puma sponsorship, gave an interview to Rolling Stone Japan, discovered one of his songs was played at the Beijing Olympics (still trying to figure out how that happened) and his song “Shook,” a mashup that perfectly mixes Mobb Deep’s mighty raps with a haunting track from the Icelandic band Sigur Ros, become the highest-rated song on Hype Machine’s “Best 50 Songs of 2007,” and appeared on Hype Machine as the #2 most popular song in April 2009. Meanwhile, fans waited hungrily for the next album.
Emancipator’s new Album “Safe In The Steep Cliffs” blends new instrumentation and organic samples with the signature Emancipator style of clean production, silky melodies and addictive drums. Dense layers of choirs, horns, American folk instruments such as the banjo and mandolin, violin and some distinct Asian influences make for a playful yet refined album built out of intricate tracks listeners can enjoy on as many levels as they want. Dance, chill, and immerse your mind in it starting January 19th 2010.