NAAL is the surrealist, drone/rock project of Chicago native Dave Mantel. Characterized by a sonic journey taken between more traditional instrumental post-rock, and the fringe elements of ambient, noise, drone, and field recordings, NAAL is a project that wanders freely between elements of all of those genres, while juxtaposing their individual elements to create a unique sonic palate.
Formed in 2013 with the release of the debut project titled Wilderlands, NAAL has released 4 EP's, with a debut full-length announced for a 2017 release. Each of the past three releases, 2014’s “Compass” and “Chaos Monsters,” and 2015’s “TIME” EP, charted as best-sellers on Bandcamp. Beyond his recordings, NAAL has begun to bring a live show audio/visual experience that focuses on the mellower side of the project. Long, texturally complex soundscapes are complimented by an ambient visual experience aimed at exploring dark, metaphysical and surrealist themes.
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.” A703 releases on June 30th, digitally everywhere and physically at NaalMusic.com
Mixtaped Monk is a DIY music project by a journalist and music producer (Arka Sengupta) who believes in making music that soothes the mind. This project was started as an outlet for his creative expressions. Under the moniker of Mixtaped Monk, he not only expresses himself as a music producer but also as a writer and a visual artist.
Being socially awkward since childhood, he always loved solitude. And, in his solitude, the thing which he liked to do the most is discovering music. Be it the cassette of Pink Floyd's “Dark Side of The Moon,” which he discovered, in his uncle's old room, during his early teenage, or the first mixtape that he made for a girl when he was a little bit older, music has always been his sole companion. Gradually, he picked up playing the keyboard and the guitar, started experimenting with music and realized that there is a whole world of possibilities for him to explore. That is how the idea of Mixtaped Monk started.
Mixtaped Monk's debut album, "Urban Lonesome," is a very personal and emotional album to Arka. Through sounds, it talks about the different experiences a person has and what he feels when he finally comes back home after spending 5 years in various cities following his passion. The album tries to convey how the person feels when he finds out that the city, and the whole atmosphere around it has changed drastically. He feels like he is stranded in a deserted island; friendless, lonely and anxious.
The album is inspired by Arka's own experiences after he shifted to his hometown recently. Sonically, it borders around Atmospheric, Ambient, Post-Rock and Experimental music.
Wilder Gonzales Agreda (native from Los Olivos, North Lima, Peru) begun his music career in 1995 with his first band Avalonia (with Fernando Ponce, Fabián Escalante and Óscar Pita) and, after the brokenhearted split of this early avatar, with Fractal (alongside Wilmer Ruiz and Hugo Medina). Both groups were part of the new peruvian avantgarde history born with the post-rocker and ethereal scene known as Crisálida Sónica.
In 2003 Gonzales Agreda started the independent neo-psychedelic label Superspace Records and since the 00's has taken part on projects like El Conejo de Gaia, Azucena Kántrix (with Christian Galarreta), The Electric Butterflies (with Roger W. Terrones), The Peruvian Red Rockets (with Luis Durand), Martelenor (with Juan Roldán and Hugo Medina) amongst others.
He has been pursuing a musical ethos that makes him one of the most interesting sound artists from Peru today. Gonzales Agreda has released more than 60 discs by now, on his own label and on other ones across the world like Clinical Archives (Russia), Ruidemos (Spain), TibProd (Poland), Limitada (Argentina), Tape Safe (Belgium), Aloardí (Peru), etc. His music work has received outstanding reviews by such cool magazines like The Wire (U.K.), Rock de Lux (Spain), Decoder (U.S.A.), Vital Weekly (Netherlands), Go-Mag (Spain), Loop.cl (Chile), Losing Today (Italy), etc.
In 2014 he put out the album "Lima Norte Metamúsica" (Superspace Records, 2014) with the artwork done by the inimitable neo-psychedelic painter Anthony Ausgang that has received great critics from the press and begun 2015 with the release of a free download computer music single entitled "Música Anticorrupción". 2016 saw the release of "Scala Mega Hertz" and "Polykroma EP". Recently he has put a new album entitled "Paraísos, Revoluciones y Tú" (2017).
THE NEW DISC BY WILDER IS OUT NOW Paraísos Revoluciones y Tú (2017)
Hors Sujet is the solo project of Florent Paris, started in 2006. Stories told through shapes, noises, feedback and landscapes. Hors Sujet is proud & excited to announce the release of its new EP, "Seuls les moins humbles en hériteront", a 2-songs EP for 21 minutes of drone and post-rock, recorded between november 2016 and january 2017 in Toulouse, France.
An Old Friend is an upcoming Alternative Rock band based out of Long Island, New York, they have been said to be significantly ahead of most contemporary peers in their stylistic niche; they show an ability to stray from the norm and focus on truly innovative fragments, as opposed to one linear hook yearning for radioplay.
Crafting a concept album is an incredibly difficult task. Tying together a cohesive narrative across a record’s worth of songs isn’t just daunting, it’s an endeavour that even some of the industry’s finest have failed to do memorably. This task, however, becomes notably more difficult when you’re dealing in the abstract via instrumental soundscapes. That is what Chronotope Project, the moniker of composer Jeffrey Ericson Allen, attempts to do with his latest project, ‘Ovum.’
NAAL is an eclectic music project led by Chicago composer Dave Mantel. This talented musician has a true passion for great melodies and haunting musical textures. His blend of ambient, shoegaze and experimental drone music feels personal and unique, echoing the work of artists such as Slowdive, Boards of Canada or Sigur Ros, just to mention a few.