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I Can Feel the Night Around Me

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I Can Feel the Night Around Me, the third album from Philadelphia's Nightlands, showcases Dave Hartley's finely tuned ability to layer his voice and conjure some of the most beautiful and elaborate virtual choirs in modern music. If his first two records were vocal layering experiments, his third stands as Hartley's thesis statement: "I was determined to use vocal stacking to enable my songwriting, not shroud or obscure it."

He recorded most of the album alone in a cold warehouse basement, which he affectionately calls The Space -- it's where The War on Drugs (of whom Hartley has been a core member for the past decade) formerly rehearsed and stored their equipment. "The dissonance between the sound of the album and the atmosphere in which it was recorded is pretty striking," Hartley says. Indeed the music seems more geographically inspired by the microclimates of the Lost Coast and the moonrises of Big Sur than the post-industrial cityscape of North Philadelphia. Perhaps his periodic westward sojourns and healthy obsessions with mid-career Beach Boys albums and Denis Johnson's Already Dead: A California Gothic were influencing him more than he was aware.

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released May 5, 2017

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Track Name: Lost Moon
days go by
just like a glass
clear like a glass
fold them up so they shimmer and pass

it's too late
dog on a wall
I'm a dog on a wall
like a leaf on your tree I fall

it feels like the moon
is lost in the sky
It's filling my room
with silver light

I hear you sing
but are you a bird?
are you a bird?
you wanna fly just by saying the word

hold your eyes
fill up with air
fill up with air
I had a dream I was saying a prayer

it feels like the moon
is lost in the sky
it's filling my room
with silver light
Track Name: Depending on You
can you feel the diamond light
scattered across the sky by the night?
the yellow moon is turning blue
and baby that is why

I'm depending on you
you know it's true
I'm depending on you
(Abba Abba, Yahweh Yahweh)
that's what I do
I'm depending on you

are you made of morning light?
and will the horizon fade from my sight?

the shadow world is bleeding through
and baby that is why I'm depending on you
(Abba Abba, Yahweh Yahweh)
Track Name: Easy Does It
take it all away
take it all away
it's colder than a leaf on the wind
take it all away

there's a shadow man living inside of me
he's been there since the day I was born
he's a shadow man

take it all away forever
forever and ever
I'm never gonna shake this shadow
I'm weak in the knees
make it go away forever
I'm begging you please

there's a cold hearted man living inside of me
but he's been on the run since that day in June

I just wanna hear you say easy does it

take it all away forever, forever and ever
I'm never gonna shake this shadow
I'm weak in the knees
make it go away forever
I'm begging you please

take it all away
take it all away
it's colder than a leaf on the wind
take it all away
you take it all away
you take it all away
Track Name: Love's in Love
yesterday was fine but love's in love today
tomorrow might be kind but love's in love today

do you have the time? not at all
and did you read the news? not at all

yesterday was cool
but love's in love today
tomorrow's growing old
but love's in love today

do you have the time? not at all
and do you hear your phone? not at all

do you have the time? not at all
and did you hear the news? not at all
Track Name: Fear of Flying
I took a wrong turn but I know the way
every day is coming down the wire
things are catching fire

you're so real, you don't have to feel
hey, no big deal, oh la la la
(Josephine) you're not there (come here)
you don't even care (lighter than air)
fingers in my ears, oh la la la

took a wrong turn but I know the way
like a lonely bird making his way through the rain
every day is coming down the wire
you know that things are catching fire

it's so real, I don't even know
hey, no big deal, oh la la la
(Josephine) I'm not there (come here)
all alone and scared (sun in my hair)
fingers in my ears, oh la la la

but you never know...
Track Name: You're Silver
baby you're silver
oh yeah my golden girl
your brown eyes are deeper than the ocean
you're silver my golden girl

eureka hallelujah
oh the sky is open
my chorus flows right into your verses
(tens of millions of trees)
eureka hallelujah
my redwood clover
I found you
my golden girl

sayonora s.o.s.
cause it's over
the sky is falling
the intro flows right into the outro
(middle of bridge of the dream)
I'm dreaming, r.e.m.
please don't wake me
thank the lord that I found you
my golden girl
Track Name: Moonbathin
Maggie and Lucy and Lucy and Maggie
did you ever see a coin, I mean a Penny
that could flip itself?
heads or tails
(twinkle the keys just like a player piano)

an eye for eye
an ear for an ear
I'm going away but I'll always be here
and I know that
but it's so hard to show that

Lucy and Maggie and Maggie and Lucy
did you ever watch Jelly on the tele?
climb your family tree
what do you see?
(you're no only child, b/c we're all only children)

day after day year after year
I'm going away but I wish you were here
but I know that
I'm just waiting to show that
in the light of the moon

moonbathing
we're moonbathing
baby baby

Grady and Clovis and Clovis and Grady
ran away from home when they were 20
back in '56
planted a tree
for you and me
(it's called hallelujah)

time after time these minutes of mine
are washing away
but I'll always be here
and I know that
I'm just waiting to show that
in the light of the moon
Track Name: Human Hearts
I wanna put the band back together
for human hearts write fairy tales for free
so dust off all your denim and your leather
like Andy said the birds will fall from trees

Tommy worked at Harry's helicopters
fixing choppers for the man
in borrowed boots we slid down stairs
bled icy hoots of never caring laughter

so brush your pretty hair
(cause you'll lose it don't you know)
and make your little bed
(for your girlfriend Judy Rose)
you'll never be alone
(if you're always on the road)

I wanna put the band back together
(always on the road)
press some discs and 45s and pins
(please please come on home)
so dust off all your denim and your leather
(always on the road)
and go on singing naughty through the wind

the broken rings collected there
such smoky things we breathed out every night
the river rose while we came down
with bloody noses
running on her gown

so brush your pretty hair
(cause you'll lose it don't you know)
and make your little bed
(for your girlfriend Judy Rose)
you'll never be alone
if you're always on the road

let's try to put the band back together
(always on the road)
for human hearts write fairy tales for free
(please please come on home)
we'll pick a fight and argue about whether
(always on the road)
Andy said we'd be forever free