I just recently stumbled across this gem of an album from Emancipator. Soon It Will Be Cold Enough is Emancipator’s first album that he self-released in 2006 while he was still in college in Virginia. Hydeout Productions later rereleased this album in 2008, which is the version I have. I like the track order better on the 2008 version though both are good. Emancipator is a downtempo electronica DJ/producer who is currently residing in Portland, Oregon. Even though this album was made while he was in Virginia it does have a very Pacific NW feel to it. I find this album to be relaxing and beautiful yet at the same time I find it to be uplifting and energetic. It’s got a strong groove that keeps you up but is not too in your face. It’s laid back enough that it is relaxing and chill but does not put you to sleep.
The first song I heard on this album was “First Snow”.
After hearing this track, which I liked immensely, I wanted to check out the rest of the album. I like the occasional electronica track, but it is rare for me to find an album I enjoy from start to finish. Usually I get bored half way through or I find myself skipping too many tracks. Soon It Will Be Cold Enough is an exception to this. The album smoothly flows from one track to the next without becoming too repetitive. Some of the things that stand out to me on this album are the groove, the piano, and the inclusion of the violin, especially on the last track “Anthem”.
I find this to be an excellent album to listen to while trapped in doors but still want to be up and active. Soon It Will Be Cold Enough is the only Emancipator album I have really checked out so far and I look forward to listening to the rest of his albums.