Yesterday was a great day in my world. Michigan-based artist Shigeto announced a new EP and released the first track, “Pulse.” Starting off as an epilogue to 2013’s No Better Time Than Now, the track carries you from one musical world to another over seven sparsely lush minutes, hinting at Tropicália with its polyrhythms.
Shigeto’s music was introduced to me by his brother, himself an incredible artist and (then) barista at Detroit’s ineffable Astro Coffee. He suggested we check out his set at Movement, the electronic music festival the city hosts. Since then, No Better Time has been a mainstay of The Soundtrack Of My Life. Released on Ghostly International, (a home he shares with Matthew Dear, Fort Romeau, Tycho & Phantogram among others), the album has kept Zach Saginaw busy hustling and experimenting with new sounds and performance styles. (He’s always played his drums live, but is bringing a full live band with him most recently). Through it all, the pulse remains the same. His is solitary music. Thinking music. Intensely creative. His Ghostly bio describes it perfectly:
These releases are nominally indebted to instrumental hip-hop but, like Zach, straddling many worlds at once. Cool shades of ambient music, stuttering early IDM, dubstep sub-bass, and jazz melodicism color Shigeto’s palette, which he wields with a painterly attention to detail.
The 6-song EP, Intermission, called by Saginaw “a halftime of sorts” between albums, is due out October 30th. I’m just throwing it out to The Universe that he should bring it to San Francisco. Please, Universe.
Check “Pulse” out below and let us know what you think.
Press photo by Jon DeCola