Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock the last couple of weeks, you should be well aware of the #LETBONNERSHOOT campaign (educate yourself) started by none other than our sweet angel of a friend/basketball connoisseur Dave Hartley. While you know him as the man behind Nightlands and bassist of The War On Drugs, we’ve come to understand Dave as the ultimate go-getter, trendsetter and social media king who refused to sleep until Matt Bonner received his rightful invitation to the NBA All-Star Weekend’s Foot Locker Three Point Shootout (now that’s a mouthful). By golly, we’re happy to report MATT BONNER IS IN FACT HEADED TO THE THREE-POINT SHOOTOUT. (this is the part where you start jumping up and down and screaming)
We would like to extend the biggest of congratulations to Dave, Matt and Luke Bonner and all others involved in this great Internet takeover! GOOD LUCK MATT. We are all rooting for you buddy.
Nightlands follows up release week by sharing the original, instrumental and vocal-only versions of “Nico,” a track off the recently released Oak Island. Premiering at ArtInfo, the song is one of the more experimental ventures off the record. You can stream all three versions above! While listening, head over to ArtInfo to read the new interview with the ever so eloquent Dave Hartley.
“I kept trying that until I could know exactly what speed to change the tape machine to, to make my voice warped. So when it sounds like I’m singing higher and higher and higher, the tape is slowing more and more. I got pretty experimental with the tape machine.” – Dave Hartley on “Nico”
Dave Hartley, the man behind Nightlands and bassist for The War On Drugs, releases his sophomore album Oak Island. The record is a sci-fi exploration of love – a journey only available in an aural space. It is easy to fall in love with this album and after a listen or two, you’ll find it increasingly hard to go. A certain curiosity grows into everlasting fascination. Don’t believe me? Start with the new video and let us know how it goes (watch above).
“The pairing of these beautifully harmonized vocals with drum beats that go back and forth between a lazy laid back afternoon day and the busy decent into night life give Oak Island a sense of late 1970s summer touched with golden sunlight.” – The Vinyl District
“Oak Island is both an untamed beast and an inviting fantasy world worth inhabiting.” – eMusic
“So it goes on Oak Island, 35 minutes of romantic and robotic soft rock, a crush mixtape for the Uncanny Valley….it’s a fantastic accompaniment for winter: so much of the digitally processed and pitch-shifted guitar shimmers like tinsel, the percussion jingles, nylon strings, and dulcimers contribute to a mix that’s thick and boozy as eggnog.” – PITCHFORK
Nightlands’ Oak Island is officially out next Tuesday, January 22. Do yourself a favor and listen to the album now. Yup, that’s right. WNYC’s Soundcheck is streaming the album in its entirety as part of their Check Ahead Series. Head to the link to play individual tracks or use the player below to listen to Oak Island in a continuous stream.
Nightlands will soon head out on tour with Efterklang. You’ll find a list of tour dates with links to tickets below. Dates include a February performance at Knitting Factory with Retribution Gospel Choir.
NIGHTLANDS TOUR DATES
02/12/13 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory w/ Retribution Gospel Choir & BB&C
03/01/13 Raleigh, NC – Kings Barcade w/ Efterklang
03/02/13 Atlanta, GA – The Earl w/ Efterklang
03/03/13 Nashville, TN – The End w/ Efterklang
03/05/13 Dallas, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf w/ Efterklang
03/06/13 Austin, TX – The Mohawk w/ Efterklang
03/08/13 Mexico City, MX – Lunario w/ Efterklang
03/09/13 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex w/ Efterklang
03/11/13 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall w/ Efterklang
03/13/13 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge w/ Efterklang
03/14/13 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret w/ Efterklang
03/15/13 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s w/ Efterklang
03/18/13 Minneapolis, MN – The Cedar Cultural Center w/ Efterklang
03/19/13 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall w/ Efterklang
03/21/13 Toronto, ON – Mod Club w/ Efterklang
03/22/13 Montreal, QC – Il Motore w/ Efterklang
03/23/13 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom w/ Efterklang