Written by Jennifer Seifert
Just a couple months after the release of his new album, Doug Appling (Emancipator) will kick off his nationwide Baralku Tour joined by his five-piece Emancipator Ensemble band. The fifth stop of the tour will land him at the legendary 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. on Saturday, February 3.
The 9:30 Club show will feature musical support from Tony Simon (Blockhead), a very appropriate and complementary opener to precede Emancipator’s ambient performance. Simon is an NYC-based downtempo hip-hop artist that has been producing and releasing music for 20 years. His accomplishments include producing nine tracks on Aesop Rock’s critically acclaimed album, Labor Days, and half the tracks on Aesop’s follow-up EP, Daylight.
Appling’s new album, Baralku, was released on November 17, 2017 via his own label, Loci Records. Inspired by the astral “island” some aboriginal societies believe to be our spiritual home after death, Baralku synthesizes downtempo hip-hop beats, world music elements and field recordings, as well as jazz, folk, and classical influences into a transcendent hybrid of lush, nuanced and ethereal compositions. Baralku was released on vinyl yesterday and is available for purchase through the Emancipator website.
A sleeping giant of the electronic music world, Appling has quietly established himself as a mainstay in the electronic music scene since the release of his 2006 debut album, Soon It Will Be Cold Enough. Classically trained as a violinist from an early age, Appling’s organic approach to electronic music production draws inspiration from a wide range of international cultures and musical genres, culminating in a refreshingly authentic brand of electronic music that has infiltrated global consciousness.
You can still purchase tickets for the D.C. show, as well as parking passes, through Ticketfly. Parking passes purchased through the Ticketfly website grant access to the 9:30 Club parking lot. Parking passes will not be available at the gate on the day of show. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. You won’t want to miss this!