NAAL (nôl), the Chicago based surrealist, drone/rock musical project led by Dave Mantel, will debut its fifth release- the first full length album from the project- entitled “A703” on June 30th, 2017 via Broken Light Records. The debut track from the album, titled The Great Wait, is available to stream on Bandcamp. A pre-order of the album is also available there. The album will be available digitally via download and streaming services, as well as on a limited run of cassettes via the band's website.
A703 is a slow, intricate walk through several years worth of dark, complicated emotional landscapes, compiled together to create a listening experience that will both relax and challenge the listener. The slow drones and complex textures give voice to both a deep sadness, and a deep hope. Of the new album, Mantel says, “There's an idea in Japanese that has captured me- 'mono no aware'- which is an awareness of the impermanence of everything. But, at the same time, not letting that overwhelm or immobilize you. It's a gentle sadness of things. But that idea of simple awareness is not where I want this story to end... That is the concept for the album.”
The first full length album from NAAL, A703’s soundscapes are charged with the weight of their author's own emotional darkness. This album is unlike NAAL's past releases in both the volume of work, and the compositional and instrumental restraint involved in the process. Leaving behind the more traditional post-rock vibe of the project's previous releases, A703 fully embraces the “drone” side of the so called “drone/rock” genre Mantel has coined.
The slow moving chord structures made up of layers of guitar and synthesizer textures, combined with bits of field recordings taken over the course of some of these aforementioned defining emotional moments, create ambient and droning atmospheres that are at once intricately complex and utterly benign. Although these 7 tracks are, for their author, ultimately about mortality and the fleetingness of the temporal, in the depth of the music, there seems to be a glimmer of light. In the end, Mantel says, the interpretation remains up to the listener, “That's the beautiful thing about making the kind of music I make. I can write something out of the deepest feelings of sadness and pain, and someone can listen to those same lines and feel hope in the middle of that. That's really all I want from this project. Yes, there is sadness, there is death. But I have to believe that there is also life.”
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A703 Tracklisting:1. The Hell We Carry With Us2. When Our Heroes Die (ft. Andy Othling)3. No One Saves You4. The Great Wait5. We Haven't Located Us Yet (ft. David Shay)6. We'll Be OK, But Never The Same (ft. Hotel Neon)7. This Is Not Our Ordinary LifeFacebook Twitter Instagram