Manx alt-rocker and Postcode guitarist Mikie Daugherty began 2014 with the release of the 'Afterlight' EP from his instrumental/post-rock project Nanaki, which came out on New Year's Day through Small Bear Records. Now that the year is over, he releases the first full-length Nanaki record since 'Fashion Is The Enemy Of All Art' in 2003 on Small Bear Records. Entitled 'The Dying Light' and containing 12 tracks inspired by writers such as Kafka and Sartre and the darker side of life in general ('the darkness in the heart of man' essentially), the album can be found here and once again can be downloaded on a pay-what-you-like basis, with a physical edition, containing an exclusive bonus track, also available.
'The Dying Light' presents a more cohesive and coherent collection of music than perhaps did previous Nanaki releases, whilst continuing to explore new musical avenues, including heavier use of keyboards, with more piano and orchestral sounds than before. Although the guitars take a backseat in places for once, the album still features Mikie's trademark guitar style, including drumstick, screwdriver and slide playing and a liberal sprinkling of effects, as those familiar with his previous work may expect. Once again the artwork was kindly provided by the brilliant Leeds-born artist Grace Turner.
The video for 'The Land Surveyor', filmed on Christmas Day by Venison Lamprey, can be viewed here