Monday, March 31, 2014

EP: Nanaki - Afterlight

Band: Nanaki
Album: Afterlight EP
Label: Small Bear Records
Year: 2014

01. Antisocial Media
02. Regretfully, I Must Decline Your Invitation
03. Fuck Spotify
04. When Legs Go Bad
05. Saint Alessa

Postcode guitarist Mikie Daugherty kicked off 2014 with the release of an EP in his Nanaki guise.  Released once again by Small Bear Records, the five-track Afterlight EP contains music that was recorded in the autumn of 2013 whilst Postcode was regrouping with a new drummer, with a cover painted by brilliant Leeds-based artist Grace Turner.

Back in the early-to-mid part of the last decade Nanaki was an instrumental post-rock type band based on the Isle of Man, at a time that such a thing was not really deemed socially acceptable in the local scene.  Known for their intense performances and excessive volume, Nanaki only released one album in their lifetime, the exceedingly limited-edition Fashion Is The Enemy Of All Art, back in The Summer Of Rock, 2003.  That record predated the existence of Nanaki as a full band, having been written and recorded by Mikie and, on some songs, bassist Emma Ryan before the addition of extra personnel to the line-up. 

This new EP was recorded in a similar manner, with all instrumentation being handled by Mikie, with no intention to return to live performance with other musicians.  Perhaps less obviously post-rock than the live band had been, Afterlight also sees Nanaki explore new areas, including experimentation with tempo changes and, in Saint Alessa, a 'concept' piece of sorts (though that is irrelevant to the listener, it was simply a new method of writing).


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