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Nightlands

Biography


Nightlands is the recording project of Philadelphia-based multi-instrumentalist Dave Hartley. The music he creates in his bedroom is itself a bed of delicate, chiming strings and bubbling synths beneath a blanket of choral vocal arrangements. It's dreamy in the literal sense -- the seeds for the album were sown when Hartley began archiving musical ideas that occurred in his sleep with a simple bedside tape recorder. As a result his debut album Forget the Mantra is, in essence, a field recording of Hartley's dreams -- a travel journal through pop music and a collection of psych-hymns from the first human lunar colony. The songs sound both huge and intimate, breathy and cavernous like massive echoes of a faraway concert. It's the big, shadow music from just across the lake.

Latest News


Nightlands Covers Lindsey Buckingham & Scott Walker. Tour with Sondre Lerche Starts May 31

Nightlands has put together a new digital single called Covers which appropriately contains covers of Lindsey Buckingham’s 1981 hit “Trouble” as well as Scott Walker’s “Big Louise.” Both covers pay homage to the original while undergoing the Nightlands treatment, taking on a lusher more dream-like quality. Nightlands is offering both songs as a free download,… Read more »

The War on Drugs Deliver ‘Slave Ambient’ Aug. 16

On their debut, the life-affirming Wagonwheel Blues, and the follow-up EP, Future Weather, Philly’s The War on Drugs seemed obsessed with disparate ideas, with building uncompromised rock monuments from pieces that may have seemed like odd pairs. Folk-rock marathons come damaged by drum machines. Electronic and instrumental reprises precede songs they’ve yet to play, and… Read more »