Last night, I got to see Nightlands, along with Efterklang and a fantastic local Denton band, Chambers. Luckily, I got to meet with Dave Hartley (Nightlands and bassist for The War on Drugs) and get some pertinent info about his 7″ in the merchandise presentation he laid out! Mr. Hartley kindly informed me that this is, indeed, a limited edition and there are only 200 copies pressed. Both of these tracks are exclusive to the 7″. The details on the SC Distribution site, which I’ve listed below, do a great job of describing the A-side and the B-side tracks so this leaves me a little light on the writing side. In case you haven’t checked out his latest full-length, Oak Island, which he released back in late January, I highly encourage you to check it out. It will definitely remain among my top albums of the year. If you can make it out to any of his remaining tour dates, I recommend you do that as well because his vocal presence live is absolutely phenomenal and you can grab the 7″ for a dollar cheaper! Below, I’ve linked the A-side to the 7″, “All The Way” and the Spotify stream of Oak Island. Here are his remaining tour dates if you’re curious! Cheers!

  • 03/06/13 Austin, TX – The Mohawk 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

The Details

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". 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. It's 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.

Price $6

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