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Nightlands Announces First Tour, Releases New Video

Nightlands’ Forget the Mantra started as a simple dream journal where Dave Hartley would record music ideas in the morning, upon waking. It has since blossomed from a mere catalog of thoughts and ideas, a bedroom project in the most literal of senses, into an album that masterfully conveys the feel of dream.

Today, Nightlands shares with us the vision of director Mark Shoneveld of YVYNYL using found footage from the 1970s that conveys a life of simple pleasures, pets, love, music-making, surfing, art, and friendship to create a new video for Nightlands’ “Suzerain (A Letter to the Judge).” We are also very excited to share the news that, in January, Nightlands will be performing live for the first time in select cities on the East Coast and the Midwest. You can find full tour dates below.

01/20 Brooklyn, NY- Glasslands w/ The Tony Castles, and Dustin Wong
01/22 Philadelphia, PA- The Ox w/ Ape School
01/26 Chicago, IL- The Empty Bottle
01/27 Pontiac, MI- The Pike Room
01/28 Bloomington, IN- FARM Root Cellar w/ Tammar

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

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
Red Eyes by The War On Drugs
Silver Timothy by Damien Jurado

VIDEOS

Busy Baby (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod

Innocence by Electric Youth

Conversations by Woman's Hour

COMING SOON

JJ
V
CD / LP
Electric Youth
Innerworld
CD / LP

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