“Zach Saginaw (also Frank Omura) takes low level ambience and pairs it with unusual melodies to fascinating results. Some tracks make you feel like you're in the dead of winter, or that you're somehow calmly hovering over a helicopter propeller.” - Moodgadget press release
New Crossings is a curiosity, was released by Moodgadget the same day as his other project, Frank Omura’s Unshaven Face. If you were to ask me to unfairly compare the two releases, Unshaven Face feels focused, a dedicated effort at making minimal-leaning techno, whereas New Crossings feels like a compilation of five distinct songs.
Similar to 2014’s Intermission, each song on New Crossings represents one hundred possible directions Zach could pursue as Shigeto, showcasing his range production skills and musical ideas. “May” is a field recording-heavy lullaby. “Winter Green” can be likened to mid-90s downtempo IDM Warp (e.g. Boards of Canada). “Evergreen” is a driving, post-Dilla/Dabrye late-00s beat track, a taste of the style cemented on the 2010’s Full Circle. “Helicopter in the Sky” features complex rhythmic programming–ala everyone’s fav Aphex Twin– in a less memorable way that 2018’s “Fight Club.” “New Crossings” is the highlight of the release, a fire track that combines three of the key elements of Shigeto’s output: ambience, beats, vibes. - 2019
New Crossings, released on Moodgadget on August 13, 2008.
Written and produced by Zachary Shigeto Saginaw
Recorded in Ann Arbor
Streaming / Download:
02. Winter Thaw
04. Helicopter in the Sky
05. New Crossings
MGT-22, Streaming/download, August 13, 2008
Frank Omura - Unshaven Face
Released the same day as New Crossings
Deep-web tour-only CDR, featuring “May” and a remix of “Evergreen”
Shigeto & A Setting Sun - Table For Two
The second Shigeto release on Moodgadget