- Release Date 2010-04-20
- Label Ghostly International
- Catalog GI106
The songs on Shigetos Semi-Circle EP are bright, constantly shifting compositions, heavy on hip-hop rhythm but lighter on their feet than your usual bedroom sample symphonies. Zach Saginaw was a jazz drummer before he started tinkering in Reason, and the three-over-four claps and stuttering hi-hats of Eternal Life bear testament to the producers hands-on approach. Elsewhere, There Is Always Hope crowds the speakers with sensorial detailcut n paste percussion, an almost-too-smooth synth obbligato, and wave after wave of saturated keyboard tones, bright as a winter sun. Closing track Embrace the Cold takes a darker approach, hinting at the paranoia and dread lurking at the heart of Shigetos uplifting endeavor. The tracks barrage of squelches and vibraphone evoke a high-speed chasean escape, perhapsfrom some enemy, real or imagined.
With history ringing in his ears, Zach uses his music as a way to reconnect withand overcomehis familys struggles. And with Shigeto as his guide, those struggles recede, flickering like lamplight in the distance.