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.

LISTEN TO NIGHTLANDS’ “NICO”
(ALBUM VERSION, VOCAL-ONLY & INSTRUMENTAL VERSION):
http://bit.ly/14tR5rR

“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”:
http://bit.ly/OtHIne

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.

NIGHTLANDS TOUR DATES:
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

Nightlands’ Oak Island purchase link: http://secretlycanadian.com/press/nightlands/
Download Nightlands’ hi-res jpegs: http://www.scdistribution.com/nightlands/

“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

Nightlands online:
http://www.nightlands.us/
http://secretlycanadian.com/artist.php?name=nightlands
https://www.facebook.com/Nightlands

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Watch Nightlands’ “I Fell In Love With A Feeling” Video

This week marks the release of Oak Island, the sophomore album by Nightlands, aka Philadelphia-based Dave Hartley. Ten-songs about sadness and love, Oak Island is an album that stands on its own, shying away from obvious referential treatment. Throughout, distorted, silver-voiced melodies wrapped in the warm sounds of 70s AM gold combine to conjure those feelings that tide in and out of you when recalling the past. To celebrate Oak Island’s release, we share with you the “I Fell In Love With A Feeling” video, premiered this morning via Pitchfork. Connecting to the album’s consistent visual and aural aesthetics, director David Kessler tells the story behind this video:

“Nightlands’ music seems to me to capture a very human existence in a post-human form within a future landscape. Directly after Dave Hartley’s live rescoring of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ we were thinking of ’60s and ’70s sci-fi, soft cover book jackets, Syd Mead and futurist design and architecture. There is clearly some inspiration from ‘Starman’ and ‘Terminator 2′ thrown in there as well.”

WATCH NIGHTLANDS’ “I FELL IN LOVE WITH A FEELING” VIDEO:
http://bit.ly/UQTs3W

In addition to his tireless work in support of Nightlands and as the supreme bassist in The War On Drugs, Hartley has another side-project on the go. Over the last week, he’s been spearheading the rising LetBonnerShoot campaign to get fellow music/sandwich-lover Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs into this year’s NBA All Star Three-Point Shootout. Eva Longoria is on board. Sign the petition and help the Red Rocket prove his prowess.

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.

NIGHTLANDS TOUR DATES:
Sat. Jan. 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie [RECORD RELEASE SHOW]
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

NIGHTLANDS’ DAVE HARTLEY ANNOUNCES SOPHOMORE ALBUM

The son of a genetic engineer, Dave Hartley has eschewed his father’s profession but decidedly inherited his analytical proclivities and love of “the lab.” As Nightlands, Hartley is a scientist trying to create and understand art through analytical process. Here, with sophomore album Oak Island, his follow up to 2010’s superb Forget the Mantra, new questions are explored: what happens when the human voice is layered exponentially? Is the sum more man, or more melancholy machine? In seeking these answers, Nightlands takes us on a spirit quest through lush forests down into The Uncanny Valley. Each distorted, silver-voiced melody is wrapped in the sounds of 70s AM gold – plucked acoustic guitars, trumpets, dulcimers and hand percussion. In using these pop touchstones, the songs become something close to memories, the faded feelings that tide in and out of you when conjuring the past. To this end, virtually every chord played on Oak Island is a major-7th, the most nostalgic harmonic grouping. Seals & Croft produced by mid-70s beetle-voiced Brian Eno. Crosby, HAL and Nash.

Beneath the analytics and technical experimentation lie 10 pop songs about sadness and love; this silvery robot has learned what it means to be human and paid a great cost. The elegant, lunar bossa-nova of album standout “So Far So Long,” with its distant trumpeted satellite signals, offers a slow, confident lilting and wilting, as Hartley considers traversing space and time.

Hartley is a prolific sideman in many notable bands in and around Philadelphia and the extraordinary bassist of The War on Drugs (he played bass on Sharon Van Etten’s epic, in Sondre Lerche’s touring band, and sings in The Silver Ages). Listeners expecting a simple side project, however, will be surprised by the boldness and scope of his vision–Nightlands is the Chuck Close painting to the The War on Drugs’ De Kooning.

Nightlands tour dates:
Thu. Oct. 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
Thu. Nov. 29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
Tue. Dec. 4 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA (performing original score to “2001: A Space Odyssey”)

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