Wander was the very first release under Zakè Drone Recordings. Beautifully remastered by James Bernard at his Ambient Mountain House studio in the winter of 2022.
‘Wander' is an expression of slowing down. Collaboratively written during the winter months where days linger, frozen in time. The cold temperatures and darker days significantly influenced the writing process and resolve of both artists resulting in five immersive and hypnotizing dronescapes.
released January 1, 2020
Written, recorded, and produced by zakè & City of Dawn
Sequencing and continuity by James Bernard
Originally mixed at Kaleidoscope Tone Studio by zakè, 2020
Remixed, engineered and mastered at Ambient Mountain House by James Bernard, 2022
Layout and design by zakè
Cover photograph 'F232' by Isaac Helsen; South Highlands, Iceland, 2019
©℗ 2020-2022 Zakè Drone Recordings
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"Even by the standards of ambient and drone artists, zakè is prolific. 'Wander' was written alongside Texas-based City Of Dawn. Comprised of five wonderfully immersive tracks, Wander offers a mesmerizing and meditative mix of densely layered ambient chords, sustained synthesized choral notes, effects-laden post-rock guitar textures, opaque electronics and sun-kissed, slow-burn musical movements. It's brilliantly blissful all told and undeniably one of the years more enveloping and life-affirming ambient releases."
“This collaborative album between zakè and City of Dawn is the first release under Zakè Drone Recordings; an imprint used to publish zakè’s own material along with collaborative projects involving his work. ‘Wander’ is an expression of slowing down. Collaboratively written during the winter months where days linger, frozen in time. The cold temperatures and darker days significantly influenced the writing process and resolve of both artists resulting in five immersive and hypnotizing dronescapes.
Wander opens with a glacial drone piece of minimalism with only subtle changes being noted throughout the piece as the collaborators tend to focus on a small amount of sound and tightly wind that and play with its dynamics, fluctuating it’s textures and intensities to build and retreat. There is both a form of calmness and a whole lot of isolation. If you are a fan of the purer form of drone music, then this will be right up your alley."
-Drifting, Almost Falling