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A703, the debut full length album from the Chicago drone/rock project, NAAL, is a slow, methodical album, focusing on darker themes- hopelessness, helplessness, pain, and death. However, it is possible that there is, in the end, hope. Perhaps the listener may be able to take a few moments to quiet their self, still their inner turmoil, breathe in, and, for a moment, truly believe that there may, after all, be a respite at the end of the journey.

If you cannot seem to quiet the noise, or find shelter from the storm, and you've all but given up... Know, at least, that you are not alone.


released June 30, 2017

Written and performed by: Dave Mantel
Recorded and mixed by: Broken Light Records (
Mastered by: Taylor Deupree (
Cover art by: Kat Ross (
Additional sounds on track 2 by: Andy Othling (
Additional sounds on track 6 by: Hotel Neon (
Additional sounds on track 4 by: David Shay (

Special thanks: Andy Othling, Andrew & Michael Tasselmyer, and Dave Shay for the encouragement you've been to me and my music over the years. Here's to what's next.


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Naal Chicago, Illinois

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. ... more

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