There's not greater statement than to honor antecedents. There's something very spiritual and scholarly in looking back to history for the answers, as well as the eventuality of more questions. Shigeto has spent time referencing the importance of his own history within his music, and continues to do so in his new mini LP Lineage, due Jan 31st 2012.
Throughout the 8 track mini LP, Shigeto references pays homage to his musical lineage, be it hip hop, funk, jazz and folk. Just as important, we have artwork with just as powerful input and significance in the Lineage story. The front face of the art displays a shot of Shigeto's great grandfather's home in 1916 in Hiroshima, Japan. The back cover includes a photo of his great grandfather, Shigeto Ohmura, at the Amache Internment Camp in Colorado. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent declaration of war against Japan many Americans believed that the Japanese-Americans were spies or traitors. Real.
Ann Arbor Part 3 & 4
A Child's Mind
Huron River Drive
You can download the above lead off single courtesy of Ghostly. Lineage is out Jan 31st 2012. You can get more info here.