Photo by Darshana Borah
Tomorrow marks the vinyl release of Forget The Mantra, the debut full-length from Dave Hartley’s solo project Nightlands, and let me tell you: it’s one thrilling collection of sounds and styles. A dreamy wash of pulsing loops, soaring tropical melodies, and collaged audio blends together to evoke fellow experimentalists from Os Mutantes and Flaming Lips all the way up through El Guincho. Hartley is best known as a bassist-in-demand around Philly (War On Drugs, Yellow Humphrey, The Lindsay Buckingham Appreciation Society, and a brief stint with The Capitol Years), and seeing him own the show here is a treat. “Suzerain” is the obvious standout—it’s made the blog rounds, and even showed up here a month and a half ago. Figured we’d reprise it and remind you to pick up the record and get your turntable fired up for some tripped-out listening tomorrow evening.