Two years after Shigeto released his third full-length, No Better Time Than Now, the busy Detroit polymath, born Zach Saginaw, has finally taken a break from his endless hustle to update everyone on his current musical headspace. "I've been on the road for a long time now and also have been working on other projects," he explains. With projects that include working on a new live ensemble arrangement, playing electronics in a jazz quartet, recording with Detroit rappers, and building a new studio, it's no wonder we haven't heard much from him since 2013.

"I haven't found the next step for me yet. I've been making loads of music as always, but I'm still looking for that concrete new path." Shigeto's Intermission takes its title quite literally, then, presenting a snapshot of the artist's transition between ideas and inspiration. Indeed, listening to these six eclectic tracks evokes a dynamic sense of exploration, excitement, and stylistic freedom.

Photo by Jon DeCola

Saginaw describes Intermission as a collection songs that "point to the past, present, and future." His inimitable hallmarks are certainly there: the heavy drum-machine knock and jazzy synth flourishes of "City Dweller", that airy thumb piano in beat suite "Do My Thing", and "Pulse"'s percussive, polyrhythmic grooves. They mingle with some fresh sounds from Shigeto, too. Mystic pads creep into the mix—especially on beatless, textural drifts "Gently" and "Deep Breathing"—and there's a decidedly unhinged touch to how the producer uses samples, almost like he's teaching himself a new language. But don't get it twisted, there's no grand vision this time out. "They're not meant as a strong message," Saginaw clarifies, "but more of a taste, like a halftime show of sorts." So if Intermission is here to hold us over until Shigeto's next big event, the record's palpable depth and complexity say quite a lot about where the man is now and where he's headed.” - Ghostly International




Intermission, released on Ghostly International on October 30, 2015.

Written and produced by Zachary Shigeto Saginaw
Recorded on West Grand Blvd.
Mixed by Christopher Koltay and Zachary Saginaw at High Bias Recordings, Detroit
Artwork by Michael Cina
Mastered by Daddy Kevi


A1. Pulse
A2. City Dweller
A3. Gently
B1. Do My Thing
B2. Deep Breathing
B3. Need Nobody

CD / Streaming:

01. Pulse
02. City Dweller
03. Gently
04. Do My Thing
05. Deep Breathing
06. Need Nobody


GI-257, Steaming, WAV/MP3 download, 2015-10-30
GI-257, Black vinyl, first pressing, 2015-10-30
ARTPL-059, Plancha, Japanese CD, 2015-10-28
GI-257, Transparent Blue vinyl, 2015-10-30, limited to 500 units

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“Do My Thang”
December 30, 2015


See also


ZGTO - A Piece of the Geto
The initial sessions for the collaborative album with ZelooperZ were recorded around the same time as with Intermission

No Better Time Than Now

The New Monday
The follow-up LP to Intermission, also featuring Ian Fink

Music Is A Shortcut To A Short Life
Features the ambient Intermission outtake, “While You Were Sleeping”