Post-rock outfit Nanaki, now being the work of musician and composer Mikie Daugherty working under the moniker, presents the first album of material since 2004 titled ‘Afterlight’. The new album offers up five new compositions of varying and generous lengths. The new EP offers up a wholly post-rock experience, most of which is incredibly enjoyable, and certainly comes across as an expression of Daugherty’s own ideas and opinions. There’s a somewhat playful element to the EP as well, giving it an enjoyable streak, though perhaps it’s arguable that the EP comes across as less tongue-in-cheek and more immature.
What’s interesting is the rather raw style of post-rock music being expressed by Daugherty on his latest EP. Each of the tracks don’t feel as polished as most post-rock bands would opt for, but interestingly this gives the music an appealing edge, making it an EP worthy of checking out (especially by fans of the post-rock genre, who will find a lot to enjoy on this new release). There’s a few moments on the EP as well that are absolutely brilliant, sounding as good as some of the leaders within the genre. The EP itself though is let down on one or two occasions by songs that don’t live up to the rest of the EP’s experience. Certain tracks, whose intentions are suggested by their track names, seem a little silly and pointless, and their position of the EP itself is rather questionable. Perhaps this is where the more raw less-polished style of Nanaki comes across as a weakness rather than a strength.
There might be errors here and there, but there’s certainly enough that is happening on ‘Afterlight’ to make it an EP worthy of discovery. There’s certainly an element of it being much better than the average post-rock band, which is certainly refreshing to hear these days. Some of the tracks might not express as much creativity or ideas to make the EP a great experience, but there’s at least enough going on here to make it interesting. At times there’s some very interesting ideas, especially in the last track which is perhaps the album’s highlight. Hopefully we’ll get to hear more of the strengths of the album being utilized as ideas for future releases. Hopefully.
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Nanaki’s latest EP ‘Afterlight’ is out now.