released December 15, 2021
Written, recorded, and produced by zakè, City of Dawn, Ossa
Additional production and vocals on ‘A Pale Shelter’
and ‘Solace Awaits Us’ by Benoît Pioulard
Mixed at Kaleidoscope Tone Studio by zakè
Mastered at Black Knoll (NY) by Rafael Anton Irisarri
Poetic narrative 'A Pale Shelter' written by Julia Frizzell
Photography by Benoît Pioulard
All song titles by Julia Frizzell
Design and layout by zakè
©℗ Past Inside the Present
This is PITP-V056 | MMXXI
"A Pale Shelter is the kind of record that stops you dead in your tracks without actually really doing very much to create a sonic blockade. It ebbs and flows, glides and meanders through constant refrains, slowly pulling you deeper into thickly textured, minimal waves of ambient, chimes twinkling somewhere in a distant background, echoes of melody creating centerpieces to the arrangements.
It's a classic example of what makes Past Inside the Present's output so mesmerizing and beguiling. It's in the quietest, most serene moments that we feel the greatest power in the music. At times, it's the aural equivalent of watching the shadows of a fire dance on stone walls. Elsewhere, it's more like gazing out over endless beauty. Ultimately, this is exactly why they say less is more."
-Juno Records (UK)
‘A Pale Shelter’ by zakè, City of Dawn, Ossa is a beautiful and occasionally sinister album. The title track, and ‘A Solace Awaits Us’ which both feature Benoît Pioulard, are the most gorgeous, gossamer ambient music, breathy and sparkling. ‘Mourning Shadows Will Shall Perish’ and ‘A Failing Of Will’ have much more foreboding, droning tones. Excellent stuff. "
-Norman Records (UK)