Review of A703 by Naal

2017-07-21 05:29:03 UTC

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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.

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.

Recently, NAAL released a brand new studio effort, A703, in its deluxe edition.

This release marks the artist’s debut and this deluxe version is another significant musical milestone for the project, who is quickly gaining positive receptions and support from critics and audiences alike.

The seven tracks featured on the album have a surrealistic sonic signature, with a cinematic atmosphere that ranges from uplifting brightness to eerie darkness.

The melodic drones that fuel many of the songs seem to bleed into one another. The apparent stillness of this music is actually far from being a lack of motion: every song evolves slowly, as the drone acquires more harmonic, different texture characteristics, new octaves and even new tonal directions. These lush instrumental compositions are deceptively simple, yet the production aesthetics are rich and full of beautiful layers. The stunning artwork cover also deserves a mention here. The minimalistic approach to design reflects the understated musical compositions that you will find in this release.

The Deluxe edition of this work features a few extra add-ons and surprises for fans and new listeners alike.

Through the project’s official website, there are a wide variety of packages to choose from, ranging from digital downloads to cassette tapes and cool t-shirts, and any combination of the above. The cassette tape edition is super-limited and completely DIY, available in 50 copies made especially by the artist on high-grade equipment. Buyers will also receive other cool content, such as unique pictures, thank you notes and more.

A703 strikes for its cohesive vision, dark ambiance and great production values. This release is remarkable because it definitely pays a sincere tribute to the group’s influences, yet starkly affirms his own personality and approach.

Track List

  • The Hell We Cary With Us 
  • When Our Heroes Die 
  • No One Saves You 
  • The Great Wait - 05:05 video
  • We Haven't Located Us Yet

  • We'll Be OK, But Never The Same
  • This Is Not Our Ordinary Life


Genre : ambient, drone, experimental, field, recordings, meditation, post-hardcore, post-rock, soundscapes, spiritual

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Good EP by Poppies

2017-07-20 05:48:37 UTC

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May Rio met Ian Langehough during NYC's blizzard of 2015. They quickly connected, and after May overheard some music Ian was working on, she worked up the nerve to ask if he'd like to start a project. They pulled in May's friend Keith Rowland on bass and Ian's friend Steven Whiteley on drums and Poppies was a band. With Steven moving away, the current lineup is May, Ian and Keith with Lex Nordlinger on drums.

Good EP, their debut EP (released on 6/9/17), follows their first three singles released late last year. Good EP was produced by Hunter Davidsohn (Porches, Sheer Mag, Izzy True) and mixed and mastered by Carlos Hernandez of Gravesend Recordings and Ava Luna. GoldFlakePaint called Good EP a "brilliantly solid and endearing collection of songs, a gem in the truest sense of the word," and Tiny Mix Tapes has called it "all 'tasteful' and shit!'"

Track List

  • Devin - 02:55 
  • Dumb Advice - 03:28 
  • Dog Years - 03:39 
  • Sunburn - 02:44 
  • Dynamo - 03:39


Genre : rock

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New album ACHERONTIA by Nathan Kairis

2017-07-20 05:38:25 UTC

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Nathan Kairis is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Asheville, NC. He crafts pieces of music made to bounce off all the nearest peaks of the Appalachian Mountains, like shouting at those surrounding monoliths and listening to the evolution of your own echoes. Each of Nathan’s compositions are reflective, expansive, and imaginative in a different manner than the last. The excitement at the first tremble of thunder, the loneliness of a tundra stretching forever before you, the gentle joy of life with loved ones, and the dynamic interplay between all of these feelings. That is the music of Nathan Kairis.

Acherontia. The Death’s Head Hawkmoth. This album is about disconnection, reconnection, and fluttering between the two. The vibrations between these two emotions can be violent and visceral, or almost calming in their agitation. Here is where we find the shuffling trudge of “Solipsism”, straining pressure of “Surface Tension”, and the breakthrough of the title track. Acherontia is a sonic exploration of what happens in between, a transitory stage that most of us just want to get through.

Track List


  • Lachesism - 05:28 
  • Solipsism - 05:32 
  • Breathing In Peaks - 13:00 
  • Surface Tension - 08:28 
  • Insects Dance Softly - 06:02 
  • Acherontia - 07:45


Genre : experimental, ambient, dark, drone, noise, post-rock

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New single "Inches Apart" by Magana

2017-07-17 06:23:43 UTC

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“Inches Apart” is a single from Brooklyn’s Magana, accompanied by a stunning new video from director Lauren Finerman (New York City Ballet) and backed by exclusive remixes from Frog and Benjamin Shaw. Magana’s debut EP, Golden Tongue, found praise and support from The Line of Best Fit, London In Stereo, yvynyl, BBC, GoldFlakePaint, IMPOSE, The Le Sigh, The Deli Magazine and many others.

Haunted and emotional, “Inches Apart” touches on the work of St. Vincent, Diane Cluck, Sharon Van Etten and Rebecca Moore. It's heartfelt and emotional music with ghosts whispering through the walls. 


Genre : alternative, ghostpop, pop, indie, folk, rock

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New album Lower Tones by Brad Couture

2017-07-17 06:12:16 UTC

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Hours alone. Low lights, late nights, and soft melodies.

This is how NH-born composer Brad Couture crafts his music from start to finish - writing, playing, recording, and mixing all his own material in the isolation of his studio. From the first hammer strike on piano string, to the last synthesizer wrapping up all in a warm blanket, his sonic structures are constructed with care - emotionally inspired and acoustically defined.

From the sparse, ambient piano arrangements stretching to full orchestral swells backed by chiming guitars, his melodically driven songs weave uplifting crescendos with melancholic introspection to paint cinematic soundscapes.

With the release of Brad’s new album, Lower Tones, Brad has drawn additional inspiration from neo-classical styles of composition, replacing some the roaring guitars and pounding drums of previous releases with the gentle swells of ambient noise and solo cello. Lower Tones provides the perfect atmosphere to plug in earphones, and unplug from the world.

This is Brad Couture's a first full length album - He wrote, played, recorded and mixed every song himself.



Genre : ambient, cinematic, film, music, neo-classical, piano, post-rock

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