January 23, 2013: it's the coldest day in three years, with temperatures dropping as low as ten degrees. Getting dressed is like preparing for battle, piling on protective armor to endure what's ahead. It's kismet that I'll be getting out of New York and heading down to Philadelphia instead of trudging through the city for what would surely be a miserable experience. I am meeting up with Dave Hartley, the mastermind behind recording project Nightlands. His sophomore album, Oak Island, has just been released the day before. He has crafted a mesmerizing record best taken in as a whole: ten tracks that one should sit with, process, and then repeat in order to fully grasp the experience. We’ll be spending our time exploring his Philadelphia neighborhood, Fishtown. Hartley, a Maryland transplant, has called West Philadelphia his adopted home for almost twelve years. I am interested to learn what makes him tick and where his passions lie. With photographer Dominic Neitz in tow, we navigate our way out of Brooklyn and propel ourselves into the day.