Nightlands Shares Deconstruction Of “Nico” From Oak Island

Last week, Secretly Canadian released the second full-length album, Oak Island, from Nightlands, the solo project of Dave Hartley. Oak Island is a brilliantly layered affair, offering distorted, silver-voiced melodies wrapped in the warm sounds of 70s AM gold. Yesterday, ArtInfo published an interview with Dave in which he explains the songwriting and recording process for the album. Alongside this, they debuted three different versions of one of Oak Island’s standout tracks, “Nico,” including the vocal only and instrumental versions of the song. Vocal only and instrumental versions of the album are available as part of the deluxe version of Oak Island, which also includes the album on LP and CD, the “All the Way / Buggin’ Out” 7″ and a Nightlands’ poster.


“I started writing Nico right after my nephew was born. He was two before I finished it. I wanted it to be a ballad and a lullaby, and lyrically it remains so, but the sonics turned into a magic carpet ride through various stages of a dream: surreality, full-bore psychedelia and, at times, borderline nightmarish disorientation. I didn’t hold back with the overdubbing, there are hundreds of voices on this song, and many are warped using tape-speed manipulations. I’m really proud of it and how strange it is.” — Nightlands

Watch “I Fell In Love With A Feeling” video:

Listen to “So Far So Long”:

Nightlands will tour North America with Efterklang in March. Dave will play electric 12-string guitar and will be joined by Anthony LaMarca on trap kit, Eliza Hardy Jones on Wurlitzer and Jesse Moore on synth.

Sat. Feb. 2 – Arden, DE @ The Gild Hall w/ School of Seven Bells
Tue. Feb. 12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory w/ Retribution Gospel Choir
Fri. March 1 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade *
Sat. March 2 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
Sun. March 3 – Nashville TN @ The End *
Tue. March 5 – Dallas, TX @ Dan’s Silverleaf *
Wed. March 6 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk *
Sat. March 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex *
Mon. March 11 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
Wed. March 13 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
Thu. March 14 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore *
Fri. March 15 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s *
Mon. March 18 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cedar Cultural Center *
Tue. March 19 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
Thu. March 21 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club [Canadian Music Week] *
Fri. March 22 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore *
Sat. March 23 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
* with Efterklang

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“So it goes on Oak Island, 35 minutes of romantic and robotic soft rock, a crush mixtape for the Uncanny Valley.” – Pitchfork

“Nightlands investigates cool niches like psyche-folk or deep house, all the while embracing wimp rock and anthemic cheese of the ’70s and ’80s by fusing Mike & the Mechanics pleasantries with acid-seared solo blues of Syd Barrett.” — SPIN [5 Best New Artists for January]

“Oak Island is full of a shimmering optimism, a bittersweet but ultimately hopeful wistfulness.” – Philadelphia City Paper

“a gauzy journey through echo-y vocal harmonies and gently stirring melodies.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

“Nightlands crafts the kind of music that feels intimate and deeply personal, even as it sprawls into otherworldly realms.”
— WNYC Soundcheck’s “Check Ahead” series

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