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Sweet Deal Alert: Nightlands LP and 7″ Bundle with Instant Gratification

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Attention Secretly Canadian shoppers. A most radtacular deal is going down. Nightlands’ All the Way 7″, the companion piece to 2010′s inspired dream-pop debut Forget the Mantra, hits stores March 8. However, beginning today and for a limited time, you can order a Nightlands All the Way/Forget the Mantra bundle that includes an instant gratification download for both releases. Pre-order the Nightlands bundle or the All the Way 7″.

Nightlands is Philadelphia multi-instrumentalist David Hartley. His All the Way 7″ may be the strange little brother to the enourmous lunar hymns of Forget the Mantra, yet it’s no less majestic. “All the Way” is like Jeff Lynne floating down Billy Joel’s “River of Dreams” on a drone raft. And it’s b-side, “Buggin’ Out,” is a seizure-inducing kraut experiment with a Hammond 144 and Casio/Korg overdubbing. Together, these pieces make for a not-to-be-missed gateway to a new, intriguing voice in cosmic-pop. Make them yours.

“Unguarded, idyllic, and often pastoral, the songs are full of earthy instruments and layers of harmony that are refracted through watery reverb to excellent effect.” — The New Yorker

Catch the video for “All the Way” (directed by Aubrey Smith) following the jump.

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David Hartley of Nightlands’ Adventures in Sci-Fi, Vol. 1

The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke

The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke

As Nightlands, Philly’s Dave Hartley makes what have been called “lunar hymns,” full of space, size and more importantly, a keen attention to detail, precision, nuance and a sense of mystery. It’s fitting then that not only should the Nightlands album art be a nod to the classic science fiction covers of the 70s and 80s (though it’s actually a proposal for the Lower Manhattan Expressway by the late Paul Rudolph), but that Hartley himself is obsessed with the art form – both sci-fi writing and the cover art that accompanies it. We’ve asked Hartley to share with us some of his knowledge and theories on the genre. And well, he nailed it. (Editors note: First, check the logo at the top right of this Arthur C. Clarke joint. Strikingly similar to the logo of a certain Bloomington, Indian-based record label. Just sayin’).

Now, ladies and gentlemen, I give you, David Hartley:

Here are two examples of what I’m going to call the “Future Monument” sci-fi cover art paradigm: Star of the Unborn by Franz Werfel (illustration by Gene Szafran) and The City and the Stars by Athur C. Clarke (illustrator for this is unknown). This form basically consists of a giant gleaming perfect peak or city or superstructure — it’s not apparent whether it’s naturally occurring or created by man, or by divine will (often a combination thereof) — and a human or two to indicate scale and give the monument perspective.

Star of the Unborn by Franz Werfel

Star of the Unborn by Franz Werfel

I haven’t read Star of the Unborn, or finished it anyway. I found the writing style just way too annoying to deal with (too much British-style wit or something), but I picked it up because it was described to me as being Tolkien-esque in ambition and had a really sweet Pink Diamond Super Mountain on the cover. Also, the synopsis on the inside was just hysterically over-the-top: “ASTRO-MENTAL CIVILIZATION — IN THE ELEVENTH COSMIC CAPITAL YEAR OF VIRGO — Where men have already experience Judgement Day — Where places routinely travel to people who want to visit them — Where old age is unknown, and dying has been replaced by the opposite — Where a universal language makes it impossible to utter threats or insults — Where one giant Worker cheerfully provides all of humanity’s wants and needs — Where the crystalline mountain Djebel lights up a man’s knowledge into himself and into the farthest reaches of space.

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Welcome to Nightlands

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That’s David Hartley standing amidst those amber waves. You may know him as bassist for The War On Drugs, but as of today we also know him as Nightlands. Nightlands is Dave’s new solo project and we’re uber excited to release Nightlands debut album Forget the Mantra on November 9 (November 8 in the U.K.) in LP and digital formats.

Hartley began Nightlands as a project of archiving musical ideas that occurred in his dreams with a bedside tape recorder. Already a very personal and heady approach, Hartley added to this bits and pieces of found recordings from his past. The end result is both an enormous sound with towering vocal harmonies and melodic layers as well as a deeply introspective look into the artist’s inner-mind. It’s an album that equally fascinates and inspires, as well as soothing something deep within. It’s a beautiful album and it makes us very happy to call Nightlands part of our artistic family. Dig into a couple of sample tracks from the album below. And make sure to give a good peak at the mesmerizing album artwork done by architect and artist Paul Rudolph.

MP3: Nightlands “Suzerain (A Letter to the Judge)”

MP3: Nightlands “300 Clouds”

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AUDIO

Blue Chicago Moon by Songs: Ohia
Faust by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
All White Everything by JJ
Wedding Day by Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon
Her Ghost by Woman's Hour
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams) by Major Lazer
Pulsing (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod

VIDEOS

Runaway by Electric Youth

Dynasti by JJ

Sunspot by Suuns

COMING SOON

Songs: Ohia
Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Edition)
2XCD / 2XLP

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Moscow, RU - 16 Tons Club

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