You might know Dave Hartley as the supreme bassist for The War on Drugs, but we think you’re going to be hearing a lot more from the Philadelphia-based artist whose sophomore solo album, Oak Island, came out this week on the noted independent label, Secretly Canadian. His solo project is beautiful, romantic, and meticulous with Hartley’s elegant vocals ringing throughout.
If you’re new to Hartley’s Nightlands, here’s a little starter kit to get you on the road to obsessed.
Step 1: Watch the music video for “I Fell in Love with a Feeling.” Connecting to the album’s consistent visual and aural aesthetics, director David Kessler tells the story behind this video:
“Nightlands’ music seems to me to capture a very human existence in a post-human form within a future landscape. Directly after Dave Hartley’s live rescoring of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ we were thinking of ’60s and ’70s sci-fi, soft cover book jackets, Syd Mead and futurist design and architecture. There is clearly some inspiration from ‘Starman’ and ‘Terminator 2’ thrown in there as well.”
Caitlin Clark is the Arts & Entertainment and Style Writer and Social Media Director for YouPlusDallas. Follow her on Twitter at @caitlinclark