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  • Audio CD (18 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Republic of Music
  • ASIN: B00DJYKAWW
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,801 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. First Saturn Return
2. Detroit Part 1
3. Ring Leader
4. Perfect Crime
5. Olivia
6. Miss U
7. Ritual Howl
8. Soul Searching
9. Safe In Here
10. No Better Time Than Now
11. Silver Lining

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Despite its origins in change and unrest, No Better Time Than Now is ultimately a positive work: "The last year was definitely a significant turning point in my life both musically and personally," Saginaw says, "but life has its way of working things out in the strangest of ways. I spent most of the year traveling and that gave me a lot of time to think. I got to know myself a lot better and that helped me be more honest with myself... that helped me write more honest music and gave me inspiration and excitement for the future." This sense of internal reflection and confidence imbues every moment of this record. As Saginaw says, "I feel when things change so much so fast, you are forced to look at what is right in front of you... [to] look at what's happening in the moment, [which] sometimes helps you embrace that moment. These songs are that for me. Don't sleep on a feeling. If it feels right it is. We say life is 'short,' but [we] know it feels 'long,' so when you have a chance to be honest with yourself, take it there is no better time than now." No better time, indeed. Fans of Shigeto's previous work will find all the hallmarks of his sound here the warm, inviting washes of liquid synth sounds, the intricate production, the jazz-influenced arrangements. Now, however, they're imbued with a subtle energy "Detroit Part 1," for instance, features a surprisingly pounding hip hop beat, while "Ringleader" is propelled by an insistent hi-hat pattern that sits slightly ahead of the beat, giving the track a driving mood that belies its tempo. Even the quieter tracks retain a certain sense of urgency the aforementioned "Soul Searching," for instance, is a track that sounds just as reflective as its name might suggest, but it's kept from drifting too far into introspection by a powerful, echo-laden beat. The title track starts out in a similarly pensive vein, but builds slowly into a storm of fuzzy synth sounds and clattering drums. Even the penultimate "Silver Lining," a quietly beautiful mixture of Shigeto's evocative vocals and tinkling electric piano, features one of the punchier kickdrum sounds you'll ever hear.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Aug. 2013
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'No Better Time Than Now' is the third album from Zachary 'Shigeto' Saginaw.

It's a travesty that this guy is not that well known, having already released two stunning albums over the last few years. This next release is said to represent a "sense of internal reflection and confidence" that Saginaw has learnt over the last year which "imbues every moment". Lead single 'Detroit Part 1' reveals a less clunky and more soothing Shigeto; whilst 'Full Circle' flirted with hip-hop Saginaw investigates his inner jazz similar to 'Huron River Drive'.

The rest of the album resonates with maturity. Whilst at times the reverberation is overwhelming it does create an atmosphere that cultivates room in the tracks. Previous albums sat in the constrained loop territory of Ninja Tune whereas 'No Better Time Than Now' feels more organic and provides space for the tracks to expand and transform.

If you are a fan of Flying Lotus, Prefuse 73 or even Four Tet then you should really be listening to Zachary.

Listen To: 'Detroit Part 1', 'Miss U', 'No Better Time Than Now'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I'm new to Shigeto, but not electronic music 16 Oct. 2013
By Ferris Millbrae - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't like heavy repetition, and it's nice that Shigeto avoids that. Shigeto has the crackling sound of static (or is it rain?) mixed with tinkling and candy drop keyboards. In places he pulls out deeper darker sounds with mild distortion and reverb. Do I hear the echo of voices? Music for a strange Japanese video game, a space voyage, or the feeling of an abandoned city. I want to say that he is making unique and original music, but I'm not experienced enough to make that claim.

Several of the songs on the album are great. Great meaning that they will still be listenable years from now. Some of the songs are ok. The album overall is very good. I've had it for 3 weeks now, the newness has worn off, and I am still glad I bought it. What else is there to say?
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
What music should be 9 Sept. 2013
By Kyler Loveless - Published on Amazon.com
From the intro that manages to give you a perfect taste of what to expect from the album all the way through the final track, this album is gold. Looking back at Shigeto's previous releases there has always been a nice fusion between electronic and more organic sounds. However with this release I think he's gotten the mixture just right. It definitely does not feel like you're listening to a beat tape in the slightest. These are full fluid songs presented here, and the way the tracks build up and evolve makes it feel a lot less like a conventional electronic album. But this is one of the albums strong points, most of the material just has this flow that demonstrates how much his music has evolved over the years. This is something I will be listening to for a long time and the only downside I would have to point out is that you can't get it on vinyl.
Groovin 17 April 2014
By J. Dermeyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Almost too smooth? Maybe. But, it hits a spot for me. Plus the dude seems cool. Representing his city and his own style. A couple tracks reach transcendence (transcend dance, haha [this is not a dance record b t w]), and I mean cut-of-the-year stuff. Really excellently executed. Super largely professional. I turn of the cd very loud when I drive and shake my head and once I am parked at home okay drink a beer on the porch okay but the music is still playing loudly from the car which is turned off. Serious.
Good Stuff 3 Feb. 2014
By Gaal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
The album comes in the special packaging provided by amazon to protect it from wear and tear from the shipping. It comes with a digital download. All great. Fantastic Album.
SHigeto, ambient, inspiring thought provoking piece of artwork 3 Oct. 2013
By netty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It is brilliant it is what I expected, I am very pleased with this purchase thank you. I hope there is more to follow.....
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