'Full stream of Shigeto's 'Huron River Drive' EP (out now on Ghostly International)
'Stream the full EP here' - http://soundcloud.com/ghostly/sets/shigeto-huron-river-drive/)
01. Huron River Drive
02. Huron River Drive (Evenings Remix)
03. Huron River Drive (Sun Hammer Remix)
04. Field Day (Braille Remix)
05. Lineage (Sun Glitters Remix)
ln the context of Shigeto's debut LP Lineage, 'Huron River Drive' functions as a respite of sorts, a brief stop on the roadside of a very personal into the past. But as this single release proves, it also stands alone as a pleasantly understated piece of electronic beauty. The track swells slowly from the simple chord sequence of the intro into a lushly textured slice of late-night atmospherics—with more than a hint of jazz to be found in the brushed percussion and quietly tinkling electronic piano—and then receding back into the same sequence as the track draws to a close.
The 'Huron River Drive' single comes with a selection of remixes, each with its own distinctive character: Evenings' remix bobs along on an understated hip hop beat, while the Sun Hammer remix strips the track down to its bassline and then adds analogue oscillator textures reminiscent of the earliest days of electronic music.
The B-side of the single includes another Lineage tune, entitled 'Field Day', to which Braille, aka Praveen Sharma—one half of acclaimed Brooklyn neo-garage trailblazers Sepalcure—adds a wistful, nostalgic intro and a house-influenced beat. Sun Glitters' remix of 'Lineage' moves in similar territory, integrating vocal samples and a slow, loping kickdrum pattern.
Taken as a whole, the single's an exploration of the possibilities inherent in Shigeto's sound, and serves as a fine introduction to the work of one of Brooklyn's more interesting young producers.
Shigeto continues to hit the road worldwide and make believers with each stop.
07.10 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
07.13 Detroit, MI @ The Loving Touch
07.14 Mariaville, NY @ Camp Bisco
07.31 Boston, MA @ Wonder Bar
08.01 Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall*
08.02 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom*
09.09 Swidnica, PL @ SOK Theater Hall
09.11 Copenhagen, DK @ Huset I Magestraede
09.14 Opwijk, BE @ Nijdrop
09.15 London, UK @ Koko
09.20 Nantes, FR @ Scopitone Festival
09.21 Den Hague, NL @ Today's Art Festival
09.22 Bordeaux, FR @ Echo A Venir Festival
09.26 Madrid, ES @ Espacio Acústico, Museo Reina Sofia
09.27 Berlin, DE @ Gretchen
09.28 Leipzip, DE @ Distillery
09.29 Istanbul, TR @ Babylon Club
*w/ Gold Panda
Zach Saginaw consistently grounds his music in a deeply personal, familial context; his grandmother inspired two releases, his producer aliases, Shigeto and Frank Omura, both reference family names and it's not for nothing that his latest release as Shigeto is titled Lineage.
While only Saginaw could speak to the ancestral motivation being referenced on the eight instrumental songs that comprise the mini-LP, Lineage, it's easy to see it as an acknowledgement of debt to musical forebears, reverent respect due to the jazz, hip-hop, funk and folk that animates these eight songs. And while these elements aren't new to Saginaw's work, never has he demonstrated such complete command of his material. Each song is a complex constellation of sounds and ideas, but his compositional focus and restraint grounds songs that are otherwise cosmically inclined.
'Lineage (Prologue)' eases into being with windchimes, effects, circular organ and little else, recalling a particularly subdued Sun Ra passage. That segues into 'Lineage' proper, which props up the melody with shifty uptempo percussion and bass. 'Ann Arbor Part 3 & 4' announces itself with lovely keys and falling rain before hip-hop beats steal the show. 'Soaring' eases back into a handclap, acoustic guitar and harp sounds reverie, underpinned with lazy, spacey bass. Shigeto’s brilliant drumming takes center stage on 'A Child’s Mind,' moving from a bombastic unaccompanied run into esoteric jazz and finally settling into a shuffling, prismatic hip-hop. Shigeto’s deft cymbal and snare work are also found on Huron River Drive, a dubby, smoky, soulful joint that dials back the lysergic digitalia that colors so much of the mini-LP as a whole. The title of 'Field Trip' perfectly captures the adolescent joy and wonderment of the song, with live drums, ebullient toybox sounds and wide-eyed melodies. The understated 'Please Stay,' which adds rare vocal sounds to Shigeto’s repertoire of claps and keys, gently guides listeners out of the journey through Lineage.