Release Date: Oct 30, 2015
Record label: Ghostly International
Genre(s): Electronic, Experimental Electronic, IDM, Left-Field Hip-Hop
It’s been a while since we had a dedicated release from Zach Saginaw’s solo project. Over half a dozen years Shigeto, has tweaked his headphone electronica, pulling in jazz, hip-hop, his ear for texture and ability on the drums to create inimitable midnight bedroom bliss. With the Intermission EP, Saginaw has taken everything his previous works brought him, boiled it down, and left only the choicest elements from which to spin the intricate bedroom symphonies he’s best known for.
Zach Saginaw's six-track 2015 EP is titled in a way to tip off listeners to its secondary position in the Shigeto discography. Issued amid much activity beneath and above the surface, such as the recording of Dave Douglas' High Risk and the building of a recording studio, Intermission is presented as a stopgap between the second and third proper Shigeto albums. Though it might not be as substantial or as neatly tied together as No Better Time Than Now, the EP is easy to enjoy and full in form.
Zach Saginaw is a busy guy. He’s spent the past couple of years, since the release of No Better Time Than Now, his second record as Shigeto, working with a slew of collaborators, turning his hand to film soundtracks, touring consistently, and building his own studio, all the while remaining - for my money at least - the jewel in Ghostly International’s not-inconsiderable crown. With his other engagements set to continue for the foreseeable, and with the Michigan native freely admitting that he’s yet to be struck with the requisite inspiration for album number three, he’s offering up an experimental EP in the form of the aptly-named Intermission.
Earlier this year, when Shigeto announced that he would be working with jazz veteran Dave Douglas on a future project and Detroit rapper ZelooperZ on another, it looked as if the Ann Arbor, MI producer was moving towards new musical territories. However, Intermission isn't making it easy to predict which direction. Given its stopgap-signifying title, this six-song EP is either a dump off of leftover tracks or a sign that Shigeto is only slightly massaging his current sound.