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Emancipator - Anthem
Oct 24, 2012
Total plays:
208 times
Sounds like: Bonobo, Pretty Lights
Why do we like this?
Emancipator is by far one of my favorite downtempo / ambient artists to listen to. Both Soon It Will Be Cold Enough (2006) and Safe In The Steep Cliffs (2010) are in my heavy rotation on my phone, accompanying me on countless bus journeys.

So it goes without saying that when I saw Emancipator coming to San Francisco, I jumped at the chance to see him live. Frankly, I wasn't so sure what to expect. I'd seen Bonobo at the same venue, and all he did was play a live DJ set. But that in and of itself was awesome, given the danceable nature of his tracks.

This is where I felt Emancipator's set kinda fell short. It's not his fault or anything -- it's just that as I mentioned above, this music tends to fill my "ambient" mood.  And so watching it in a live setting surrounded by people who are just kinda watching (vs. any type of dancing)...well, it wasn't exactly mind blowing for me. The live electric violin was a nice touch, but overall, I'm not sure I'll be rushing out to see this again.

It was basically like listening to someone hit play on the best of their discography.

If you're out in Colorado, Emancipator's going to be playing a slew of shows in the next month or so. You can keep up-to-date on the tour schedule on his website.
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