To bring in the new year, I’m so glad to have one of the of pillars of modern electronic music sharing their interpretation of quiet details, the visionary zakè.
Founder of Past Inside the Present, one of the leading labels focusing on ambient in all its forms, and many sub-labels and connected imprints, zakè has built up an incredible community of artists and fans alike - a world of positivity and forward-thinking music loved across the board.
His own music is a cornerstone of this and, in many ways, represents the fundamental expression - on zakè Drone Recordings we find a dazzling array of solo and collaborative albums - the mark of an artist with a clear and pure vision, and we see this brought to bear with his stunning qd album, Lapis.
This is ambient music in its purest form. Layers upon layers of highly textural loops intertwine with each other over the course of each track, ever shifting and morphing as new forms emerge during the passing of time.
zakè creates boundless and totally immersive sound-worlds, infinite expanses in which to wander - beautiful melodic and harmonic phrases drift in and out of focus, a true sense of three dimensional space underpinned by the deepest and most enveloping bass frequencies, themselves providing a perfect counterpoint to the elements undulating above.
Played low, this is a guided meditation; played loud it is physical music that’s nothing less than transcendent.
The stunning textures are sourced from a range of instruments and recording techniques - an antique Steinway piano, vintage synths and tape decks, field recordings - all contribute to the atmospheric wonder.
In zakè’s own words:
When I began writing these arrangements, I drew inspiration from the words of Ram Dass, who once wrote, "The quieter you become, the more you will hear.” I wrote this quote in my journal, along with other phrases and expressions that revolved around the theme of quietude. Kept it open and next to me. These tracks revolved around crafting unhurried melodies and delicate layers that embodied the essence of silence and reflection; a quiet, hidden sanctuary. I naturally gravitated towards loop-based arrangements, as they have a unique ability to breathe and evolve. Whether engaging in passive or intentional listening, the qualities of loop-based music have the power to unveil sounds that might otherwise remain hidden, inviting the mind to become an integral part of the musical experience.
Huge thanks to zakè for this wonderful album and being a part of the series.
The artwork was made as always influenced by the music and idea behind the album - originating from a picture zakè choose and processed here at quiet details studios.
As usual, the album is presented on the physical edition, a custom 6-panel digipack with a separate fine art print too.
The CD also has a special long-form continuous mix of the album, representing the music in its purest form.
releases January 17, 2024
Music by zakè
Mastered by Alex at quiet details studios
Artwork by quiet details in collaboration with zakè
Design by quiet details
all rights reserved
qd12 zakè - Lapis
Bandcamp discount code sent after purchase (makes total price the same in both places)
6-panel soft-touch matte digipack on recycled heavy card stock
Translucent quiet details wrap
Includes fine art print of the album artwork and Bandcamp download code of the individual tracks
The CD has a special long-form edition of the album
We love extended pieces and feel this is a wonderful way to experience the album as the artist intended
One per customer
After purchase, if you'd like a download of this version, please get in touch
returns and refund policy
If you are unhappy with a product, you can return it for refund within 14 days after delivery. The buyer is responsible for return postage costs.
If there is damage to the item, please contact us and we'll do our best to remedy the situation.
All items will be shipped out within two weeks of purchase unless otherwise stated. EU orders will be shipped from within the EU to help ease current issues.
Please ensure your address details are in full and up-to-date and contact us with any questions.