“I’d like to invite you for just a little while,” sing the many voices of Dave Hartley on the opening track to his upcoming album, Oak Island. The Philadelphia-based multi-instrumentalist known as Nightlands is inviting you into his unusual world, a place constructed by a concoction of horns, drums and layers upon layers of his voice.
These sounds are a side project of Hartley’s. He plays bass in The War On Drugs, but Nightlands takes the classic rock-influenced tunes you’d expect from the band and tweaks them with whimsy, creating a whole new spectrum of sonic possibilities.
“I Fell In Love With A Feeling” is a collage of nostalgic sounds in the vein of Ariel Pink. “So Far So Long” sounds almost tropical. The whole album is filled with quirky melodies and expertly selected instruments.
It will be interesting to see how Hartley translates these sounds into his solo performance tonight, at The Velvet Elvis. The shows starts at 9 and the location can be found by messaging the Facebook page admin.