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Shigeto Releases Video for Detroit Part 1

After recently releasing the album No Better Time Than Now through Ghostly International, Shigeto, aka Zachary Saginaw, has unveiled a mesmerising new video for album track, Detroit Part 1.

Directed by Rafe Scobery-Thal of The Mandus Films collective and in collaboration with animator and special effects editor Anthony Ciannamea, the new video for Detroit Part 1 shows some incredibly trippy visuals for the viewer to explore. Spreading from scenes in a derelict wasteland to bursts of immense liquid-colours, the video leaves a lot to be questioned and a lot to be discovered. A minute in and a trigger is pulled then the pounding hip-hop beat comes in. From there it’s a dream-like journey that you can’t help but get involved in.

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Still from Shigeto’s Detroit Part 1 video

Speaking about the video, Shigeto states: “We wanted to make a video for Detroit Part 1 that wasn’t a “Detroit” video if you get me. We didn’t want your run of the mill, driving around in a Ford past the train station, Coney Island, showing all the ruin porn etc.

“We wanted to convey how Detroit Part 1 was about my life in Detroit and the experiences I have had in the time I’ve been here. Rafe and I came up with the idea to bring the audience into a very psychedelic dream of mine, loosely representing what had happened in the last year for me.”

Shigeto recently released his new album No Better Time Than Now. His new album seems very much about the idea of living in the moment. The signs of this idea are all over No Better Time Than Now— from the obvious connotations of the album title, through song titles that seem harbingers of change and immediacy to the music itself. It’s an album that reflects a pivotal year in the life of its creator.

As Zach Saginaw aka Shigeto explains: “2012 was a powerful year for me. I released my second LP; I played nearly 180 shows in 360 days; I made the move back home from Brooklyn, NY to Detroit, MI; a six-year relationship of mine came to an end and I made it 30 years on the planet.”

No Better Time Than Now is out now.

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CocoRosie – Gravediggress

Sisters Sierra and Bianca Casady AKA American duo CocoRosie release a track from their upcoming album, Tales of a Grass Widow. Tales of a Grass Widow will be their fifth album. As they are now signed to City Slang Records, the album will see a European release on May 27.

Gravediggress is representative to their album’s theme; transformative ecstasy in the face of harmful neglect. The song tells the story of an imagined conversation between an abandoned child and an outcast old woman. The young girl asks the Gravediggress to bury her love in the ground for safekeeping. Cleverly, the sisters take on a character each with Bianca impersonating the child’s voice in the chorus, “Gravediggress dig me a hole I can bury, all of my love in, all of my holy” while Sierra sings in haltering yet clear tones to imitate the voice of an old woman.

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CocoRosie Gravediggress artwork

The track is very cleverly put together with the vocals overlapping suggesting that perhaps the child and the old woman are the same person. A simple electronic drum beat and a piano are all that accompany the sweet, innocent vocals of each.

You can listen to it here.

Tales of a Grass Widow features 11 tracks and was produced in association with Valgeir Sigurðsson. Later this year Bianca Casady launches ‘Girls Against God’ – an arts and letters print publication.  Linked to this project, Bianca and Sierra Casady have founded the Future Feminists with Antony Hegarty and performance artists Kembra Pfahler and Johanna Constantine.  The group’s platform is to “free society and protect the planet from the corrosive effects of patriarchal belief systems”.

The songs in Tales of a Grass Widow touch on CocoRosie’s personal response to the group’s feminist mission. Tales of a Grass Widow is out on May 27 across Europe.

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