31 Mar 2011

Emancipator - Greenland

I have first stumbled upon Emancipator's music thanks to his outstanding "Safe In The Steep Cliffs" album and became a massive fan since the very first minutes I heard it.
Douglas Appling, cause that's his real name, is only 24 year-old American who has commited 2 studio albums so far, both absolute state of the art. His style can be roughly described as a blend of such genres like hip-hop, jazz, classical music and of course electronica. The album 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 but refined album built out of intricate tracks listeners can enjoy on as many levels as they want.

"Greenland" is a track that didn't really catch my attention at first, but as the time was passing, this track has been growing on me, soon to be found among the personal favorites from the album. There's just nothing you could dislike about this tune - it's immensely groovy, has outstanding guitar riffs, drums soft as silk and beautiful violin parts, all put together with incredible taste and balance, proving Mr. Appling may be young, but his production skills stand on highest world's level. 

Although this track is soft and warm, at the same time if you close your eyes while listening you can almost feel the cold Greenland's wind on your face. 
For sure this is not last Emancipator's track I'm posting here, I'll keep dropping the ones I fancy the most, like "Greenland", "Kamakura" or "First Snow", I want you to treat this first one as a encouragement to buy the whole album on Emancipator's Bandcamp page - the best spent 10$ in your life, I can see no possible option how anyone could regret buying this masterpiece.