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Hataałii Shares New Single & Video “President’s Got Me All Night Long” Nov 09, 2022

Today, Hataałiinez Wheeler aka Hataałii is sharing his second single for Dangerbird Records Microdose Single Series,  “President’s Got Me All Night Long,” the follow up to his 2021 self-titled LP. On the new single, he explains “I made ‘President’s Got Me All Night Long’ in my friend Kai’s dorm room during my first semester at UNM. We’d all go there after class sometimes and just hang out. I think It’s important that I record in an environment where I can let loose and be myself, and typically (if it isn’t by myself) it’s been with other Natives.” Watch the video for the new single below, and check out previous single “Land of Poor Chance.”





Hataałiinez Wheeler is a very modern kind of crooner: a pensive, deep-voiced troubadour whose serene surf-country songs tap into the hope and despondency of a new generation. The music he makes as Hataałii — a Navajo term that means ‘to sing’, a fitting diminutive of his given name — is at turns witty and world-weary, sunny but endearingly solipsistic, tapping into the nihilism of The Replacements’ Paul Westerberg as well as the gorgeously romantic sleaze of Chris Isaak, if either of them had to deal with the anxieties of constantly carrying a mobile phone or losing contact with friends during COVID lockdowns. Future-facing but decidedly old-fashioned, Hataalii is a refreshingly unplaceable new voice, channeling his distinctive worldview into songs that feel timeless and perfectly modern all at once. 

Hailing from Window Rock, Arizona, part of the Navajo Nation, Hataałii first started playing music as a teenager, inspired to pick up the bass, and later the guitar, after seeing his older brother playing surf songs for his friends. Teaching himself to play by playing along to songs by Jack Johnson and U2, he soon developed idiosyncratic tastes of his own, discovering cult heroes like Mac DeMarco and Westerberg, the latter of whom still inspires Hataałii’s mode of lyricism. 

Attending boarding school for high school gave Hataałii the perfect environment in which to develop his craft. In his junior year, he set himself an almost ludicrously ambitious challenge: to write and record a song every day, with the hope that “if I did three hundred songs in the year, one of them had to, like, sound pretty good.” On weekends, he would return home and, in his cramped bedroom, re-record the songs properly. The resulting album, 2019’s Banana Boy, is a gorgeous insight into Hataalii 1.0 — a collection of serene garage ballads, the highlights of which show a unique style in pupal form. 

A year later, he followed it up with Painting Portraits, a humid, ingratiating collection recorded in his punishingly hot family shed during COVID lockdowns. Built around mattified drum machine beats and featuring forays into bossa nova, shoegaze-surf, and washed-out ambient music, it’s a compelling vision of Hataałii’s complex, wide-reaching ambitions as an artist. That vision crystalised on Hataalii, a 2021 self-titled record that saw Hataałii focus even more intently on lyricism. Inspired by Bob Dylan’s country period and clearly taking cues from surfy 2010s indie rock, it’s a record that’s melancholic but fiendishly catchy, songs like “Turquoise Man” and “I Don’t Know Why” turning quotidian anxieties into skeletal, unforgettable pop songs.  

This year, Hataałii releases two new songs: the wistful, evocative waltz “Land of Poor Chance,” and late-night indie ballad “Presidents Got Me All Night.” Hataałii’s first songs made with a producer — Los Angeles indie-folk singer Joel Jerome — these two tracks reveal an artist looking to make music that’s nothing less than “the most raw form of expression possible.” The pair of songs are among the most cinematic Hataałii has ever made — fitting, for a year that’s seen him star in an episode of AMC’s acclaimed Dark Winds. Inspired by Hataałii’s eye-opening experiences attending the University of New Mexico, both tracks find him coming to terms with the everyday strangeness of young adulthood, the alienation of moving to a larger city, and power dynamics within relationships. Both songs are, of course, generous, funny, and profoundly open-hearted: in other words, quintessentially Hataałii.



Connect with Hataałii:

Instagram | Twitter | Bandcamp | Spotify


For more information on Hataałii, contact Grandstand Media:

Nikolas Soelter – niks@grandstandhq.com


Upcoming Tour Dates

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Singing Into Darkness (Expanded Edition) Nov 1, 2023


Singing Into Darkness Jun 30, 2023


President’s Got Me All Night Long – Single Nov 9, 2022


Land Of Poor Chance – Single Sep 21, 2022

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