By Staff on November 2, 2012
If there's anything that can be considered a common thread amongst all artists, legitimate ones anyway, that one thing might be each artist's desire to not be pigeonholed, to have the freedom to evolve. We've seen a lot of this recently, particularly with musicians thought to be sidemen, breaking out on their own and producing stellar material (Father John Misty, S. Carey, Colin Stetson, and on and on and on). Nightlands, the solo project of Dave Hartley, continues this trend, and with brilliant results. Cutting his teeth in the vibrant Philadelphia scene, Hartley has become an in demand session-man (Sharon Van Etten), touring bassist (Sondre Lerche), and bandmate (The War On Drugs). Some pedigree, no? His latest effort, Oak Island, the songs immediately feel familiar, memories that we didn't know we already had. The voices are layered exponentially, leading to the question "Is the sum more man, or more melancholy machine?" Sounds weird, huh? I think you'll understand when you listen. Check out the first single from Oak Island, "So Far So Long," below. Oak Island is out 1/22 on Secretly Canadian.