A prolific multi-instrumentalist has released his latest album.
Mike Daugherty, performing under the band name ’Nanaki’, has written and produced a nine-track instrumental album entitled ’Decline and Dislocation’, which has been released online and as a CD.
Playing all the instruments himself, Nanaki is a truly one-man operation, which makes a sharp contrast to Mike’s other musical interests, as a collaborative member of many well-known local groups on the island, including Postcode, Circus World and Phil Reynolds and the Dearly Departed.
’Decline and Dislocation’ features a range of tracks that go to create more of a sonic sound scape than a regular collection of songs.
Taking influence from the likes of Mogwai, the album is full of dynamic and powerful, atmospheric moments that demonstrates the range of Mike’s talents.
Nanaki once existed as a full live band, but folded after recording an album, ’Afterlight’, in 2014.
Since then, Mike has retained the name and, earlier this year, began to write and record new material.
’It is just me, now,’ said Mike. ’About 10 years ago it was a full band, between four or six people who were available.
’Now it exists as a recording band, and I play and write everything.
’Nanaki was always instrumental band. I have sung in the past, but not on this one.
’It is hard to define, especially as it is an instrumental album and, while there are some similarities with my other bands, it is good to break away from that and try other things. ’I find it is easier to write by yourself. I also write with a couple of other bands, such as Postcode, which is a different thing altogether.
’A lot of the time, the instrumental songs come from nowhere.
’You pick a guitar up and before you know it, you have a guitar line that makes you think that it could go somewhere.
’Generally, though, it is good to pick up the guitar, write something, record it and finish it, and then walk away from it and leave it alone.’
’Decline and Dislocation’ is available from the Nanaki bandcamp page.
The download version is available on a name-your-price basis, and the CD, which contains three bonus tracks, is £5, and is released by Smallbear records.
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