Efterklang, Nightlands Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., March 19, 8 p.m. 2013

From the very first lines of Oak Island (Secretly Canadian), the second album Dave Hartley of Philadelphia indie-rock band War on Drugs has made as Nightlands, there’s an ever-present dreaminess and nostalgia: in richly overdubbed harmonies, he sings, “I’d like to invite you / For just a little while / To a place I used to go / When I was only 17.” The arrangements burst with Technicolor brilliance compared to the lo-fi tracks on Hartley’s 2010 debut, Forget the Mantra—they’re often woozily dense, with voices stacked in so many treacly layers that their sweetness can start to feel inhuman, even robotic. When he adds mellow trumpet to his warped post-Flaming Lips pop, the soft-rock queasiness that results suggests the likes of 10cc, the Beach Boys, and Seals & Croft at their frothiest. Hartley is touring with a band, but on the album he uses many more vocal tracks than he’ll have musicians onstage—unless he’s using prerecorded harmonies, some of the music’s narcotic grandeur will be lost. —Peter Margasak Efterklang headlines.

Price: $13

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