Shigeto

Full Circle

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Thus far, Zach Saginaw�s releases as Shigeto have been fragments, albeit singularly satisfying fragments�EP-length glimpses into the Brooklyn producer�s creative psyche. After filling two EPs on Ghostly International, Shigeto�s lush, sumptuous take on instrumental hip-hop has fully materialized. Full Circle, the artist�s first full-length album, completes the journey begun with Shigeto�s Semi-Circle EP, synthesizing the drummer/producer�s signature themes of family, continuity, and musical boundary-pushing into a vibrant, fully unified artistic statement.rnrnThe sounds on Full Circle come from four years of obsessive field recording and collaboration. Saginaw brought his Tascam mini-recorder with him everywhere, capturing the �glasses, chains, breathing, children, family meals, monks singing in cathedrals, walks in the south of France, and good friends offering their musical skill� that would all find homes in the record�s compositional nooks and crannies. As a result of Saginaw�s constant documentation, the songs on Full Circle play like chapters in an ongoing story�as in �Escape from the Incubator�, whose initial rhythmic claustrophobia opens up into a boom-clap nocturnal chase, or �French Kiss Power Up�, whose romantic digital strut gives way to discord and fragmentation as the waves of synthesizer give way to a shaky, neurotic coda. Full Circle is framed by the �Ann Arbor� diptych, a pair of beat suites named after Saginaw�s hometown (one featuring a sample of Detroit MC SelfSays), all double-thick synths and triple-strength kick drums. Saginaw plays the majority of his rhythms by hand, and Full Circle�s consistently deep pocket is the record�s secret weapon, thumping and breathing like a living being.rnrnHaving set the stage with Semi-Circle and What We Held On To EPs�twin treatises on Saginaw�s Japanese grandmother�s escape from a US internment camp�Shigeto is clearly ready to draw the tale to a close and take center stage. �This release represents the end of the beginning�or perhaps that there is no end and no beginning at all,� says Saginaw. Regardless, Full Circle is the start of something great.

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09.11.2010

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9781292

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