SOUNDS LIKE: The War On Drugs, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Dave Hartley is back with his second album of ambient mantras
They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, and that's always been the case with Dave Hartley's band, Nightlands. Not to say it's a bad thing, because it is not, especially when he comes from everyone's favorite band of Reagan-era nostalgics in The War On Drugs. His debut album, 2010's Forget The Mantra, was covered in the haze and graze one expects to take in with a cross country road trip. But as we have the first taste of the upcoming Oak Island, we'll be getting something with all our favorite bits at the core, and a few things we might not expect.
"So Far, So Long" fades in with the trusty drum machine tick tick we've come to expect from his day job. But quickly we're greeted by a faint horn off in the distance, as Hartley's husky, wavering vocals are met with the clearest of angelic harmonies on the chorus, not too far off from that Tango In The Night cassette tape that was always in the player of my dad's pickup. The exotic blend of guitars, horns, and percussion might just be what the doctor ordered for a trip to so-called Oak Island, and it might be some place we'll all want to escape to when we can take in the full itinerary in January.