Nightlands’ David Hartley is in the creative pocket at the moment. On the heels of his lovely Secretly Canadian debut, Forget the Mantra, and at the precipice of Nightlands first-ever live engagements, Hartley gives us the All The Way 7″ accompanied here in a new video directed by Audrey Smith and featuring Hartley himself. It’s Forget the Mantra‘s strange lil’ bro, doing all sorts of interesting, unknowable shit in his room all night long.
“All The Way” is an ode to pain and reinvention, a joyful noise about hopelessness. Written, recorded and mixed in one day. Like Jeff Lynne floating down Billy Joel’s River of Dreams on a drone raft. Its flipside, “Buggin Out,” absolutely comes from an obsession with Bo Hansson’s Lord of the Rings (1970), the epic Swedish instrumental masterpiece. The skeleton of the track was played live on Hartley’s Hammond 144, originally clocking in at almost 16 minutes of synth/organ madness. After some Casio/Korg overdubbing, the piece was chopped to the still-epic, seizure-enducing 6 minutes we have before us.
The All The Way 7″ will be available at shows on Nightlands first U.S. tour, which starts tomorrow at Glasslands in Brooklyn. Check out Nightlands All The Way 7″ album artwork and a full list of tour dates after the jump.
Nightlands U.S. Tour:
1/20 Brooklyn, NY- Glasslands w/ Tony Castles, and Dustin Wong
1/22 Philadelphia, PA- The Ox w/ Here We Go Magic, and Ape School
1/25 Toledo, OH- Mickey Finn’s Pub
1/26 Chicago, IL- The Empty Bottle, w/ YAWN, and Houses
1/27 Pontiac, MI- The Pike Room
NIGHTLANDS All The Way 7″ Album Artwork from
Paul Rudolph’s Lower Manhattan Expressway, c. 1967-1972