Deep Cuts From 1971: ‘Northern Sky’- Nick Drake. Nick Drake was one of those artists- whose fame came posthumously. In his short lifetime he released three studio albums-“Northern Sky” came from his second album Bryter Layter. Drake’s was a singer-songwriter who was known for his acoustic guitar based songs. Drake suffered from depression and his lyrics reflected that. His first two albums only sold around 5000 copies upon initial release- and this failure to gain a wider audience and recognition added more to his depression. After a third album in 1972 he withdrew to his parents home- where he would die in 1974 at the age of 26 from an overdose of an antidepressant. It would be years after his death when his music started to gain traction- and many artists have sited Drake as an influence. Rolling Stone had all three of his album listed in their 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time list.