NANCY // ‘Pleasure Pen’

Words: Gabrielle White / @gabrielleblanche

  • ‘Pleasure Pen’ is the lead track of pop provocateur NANCY’s new mini-album, ‘The Seven Foot Tall Post-Suicidal Feel Good Blues’.
  • Inspired by novella ‘Venus in Furs’, the single is a deliciously filthy and all-encompassing experience.
  • ‘The Seven Foot Tall Post-Suicidal Feel Good Blues’ is out now.

NANCY is the self-proclaimed proliferator of “Bizarro trash pop”, in the very best sense of the word. Landing into 2021 with his 10-track mini-album ‘The Seven Foot Tall Post-Suicidal Feel Good Blues’, released on January 15th via B3SCI Records, Nancy is psychedelic-pop’s most refreshing new star.  ‘Pleasure Pen’ is an ode to Sacher-Masoch’s infamous novella ‘Venus in Furs’, which tells the tale of a man who is so infatuated with a woman that he asks to be her slave, and encourages her to treat him in progressively more degrading ways.

📸 – Steve Glashier

The story is fundamentally about lust, power and pleasure and NANCY’s lead single certainly reflects that. There’s a certain sensory overload that can be felt when being hit with the wall of mesmeric, shoegaze-esqe sound, a strange ecstasy caught between underworld and otherworld which is only heightened by NANCY’s almost satanic, yet buttery-smooth vocal distortion. “It’s dark and dirty and needs to be listened to whilst engulfed in red light. Break out those assless chaps ‘cos it’s about to get disgusting” says NANCY. The track is deliciously dirty, pulling you into a darkened room somewhere in soho where anything can happen.

📸 – Steve Glashier

With mainstream radio play already under his belt, including BBC Radio 1 (Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Jack Saunders), BBC 6 Music (Iggy Pop, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq), Beats 1, KCRW & KEXP airwaves, NANCY is only cementing himself as pop’s newest provocateur, equally referential and refreshingly new.  

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