In the wake of the release of his fourth studio album Seven Seas last month, hip hop/downtempo producer Doug Appling, aka Emancipator, has decided to release a live version of album track “The Key” for free download. This cut, which features live drums, bass, guitar, and violin, was recorded at the same show as his Live In Athens album, but was not included because the studio version was unreleased at the time.
Seven Seas debuted at #2 on the iTunes Electronic chart, and Doug and the Emancipator Ensemble are touring the west coast throughout November with openers Blockhead and Manatee Commune. Featuring bass and drums, along with a variety of string instruments played by Doug and close collaborator Ilya Goldberg, the Emancipator Ensemble brings his music to life at the crossroads between a DJ set and a live band.
“SEVEN SEAS” MUSIC VIDEO
In the wake of the Seven Seas LP release, Emancipator teamed up with director Erin Galey for a music video set to the title track. Featuring immaculate vocals from Madelyn Grant, who also lent her voice to Odesza‘s breakout single “Sun Models” last year, “Seven Seas” is a cinematic, hauntingly beautiful soundscape that is complemented perfectly by Galey and her team’s visuals. Emancipator’s music has always taken influence from nature, so it was only natural to record this video far from the urban sprawls of modern society.
“Although being instrumental, the track develops with the undeniable impression you’re being taken on a journey, experiencing a story unfold,” says Galey, “so I used that to build on their last video, by staying in the natural world.” This beautifully-shot video takes viewers on a journey of existential discovery that explores transformation and self-reliance.
Greg Sarafan founded Greg Sarafan’s Sensible Reason in 2007. He started blogging for HeadCount in January 2011. Soon after he organized and ran a small but successful charity festival called Binghamtronica to benefit HeadCount and OxFam America. He is a Team Leader in NYC as well as Artist Relations representative for HeadCount. Greg has BAs in political science and art history from Binghamton University. Greg has a J.D. as well as a Certificate in Intelectual Property, Media and Privacy from Brooklyn Law School . Greg also volunteers for OxFam America as a Concert Outreach Coordinator. In 2009 Greg presented his theory of Artistic Stylistic Transmission in the Royal Mughal Atelier at an art history symposium at Ohio State University.