Mikie Daugherty (largely known for his lead-guitar and vocal role in the band Postcode) recently released a new instrumental album called The Dying Light under the name Nanaki. The album was largely experimental in nature and explored different themes and methods in music-making – methods that weren’t on the forefront of his other band’s previous releases like Zebratronic [link to album review].
With the video release of the Nanaki song ‘The Land Surveyor’, we see these newly found skills to be exercised – the skill of relying on instruments alone to convey deep emotion. The video puts the music into perspective and gives it further background. That background seems subjective in nature, like a silent art film.
Daugherty and the video crew use over-exposed light play in this visual piece. It appears to have multiple meanings and I found the feeling of entrapment therein. Daugherty, the subject of the film, is moving around with background images superimposed into the frame – images of contemplation for the seemingly disturbed man. We also see that he is alone in most of his shots (isolation being a form of entrapment) and he seems physically trapped when surrounded by walls of concrete, sending him in a fit of hysteria.
This sense of despair in the video and the lament of the music that breathes further life into this piece should come as no surprise. The aim of The Dying Light is to explore the darker side of man, drawing inspiration from Kafka and Sartre. It doesn’t necessarily come across as a great video, but it certainly does the job.