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Tape Hymns

by zakè & City of Dawn

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PadraigC Warm and relaxing, with soothing analogue hiss & noise.
Very hard to pick a favourite track. Favorite track: Hymn No. 3.
Ali Khan
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Ali Khan Sooo good. The stereo imaging, open space and liminal sounds invite deeper listening and very soothing to the nervous system. I'm grateful that music like this exists. I appreciate the relative pause and tape noise in Hymn No. 6, especially in context of the album. Favorite track: Hymn No. 6.
Lilith's Heir
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Lilith's Heir Although all of the 2022 releases from Zakè and City of Dawn have been excellent, this one hits just right - active, emotionally resonant, just a good dang album. Do yourself a favor and give this one a try. Favorite track: Hymn No. 7.
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Richard Osborn Floating noise, pops and crackles. Favorite track: Hymn No. 6.
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Hymn No. 1 04:50
Hymn No. 2 07:31
Hymn No. 3 05:03
Hymn No. 4 04:02
Hymn No. 5 10:13
Hymn No. 6 06:33
Hymn No. 7 03:55


Tape Hymns is a mesmerizing amalgam of sounds carefully crafted by frequent collaborators zakè and City of Dawn. The warm hiss of analog tape as the foundational structure of these arrangements brings forth pastoral mediations with becalmed, atmospheric intent. Tape Hymns mix echoing sonic tones, slow-drifting sounds with immersive low-end frequencies.

Rather than linger in the imperfections of media, the duo pursues an attention to fidelity that forces them to get the fine details just right. Tape Hymns is a convincing display of just how much can be done within a relatively strict conceptual framework.

One of the joys of drone in forms tied to ambient electronica is the deceptive sense of depth - refrains often hang on a single central tone but float, glide and flow in a manner that creates textured soundscapes on such a huge scale it is rarely far from the mind's eye. These arrangements are case in point, offering plenty of calm but complex scores primed for the self-reflective moments in time we spend considering the beauty of our world.


released February 14, 2022

Written, recorded, and produced by zakè & City of Dawn
Field recordings on 'Hymn No. 1' by awakened souls
Additional sound textures by Joachim Spieth
Mixed at Kaleidoscope Tone Studio by zakè
Mastered at SDS Studio by Drew Sullivan
Cover Photography by Benoît Pioulard
Design and layout by zakè


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