Nancy warps pop melodies and Sinatra covers on their debut ‘Mysterious Visions’ EP

The faceless project’s first work is an essential cut of
psych-pop brilliance

Nancy

Sometimes the most infectious music is borne of the strangest
sounds. Case in point: Nancy, a
mysterious, faceless new psych-punk project, which takes familiar
pop melodies and runs them through a blender.

Almost every second of ‘Mysterious Visions’, Nancy’s debut
EP (out Friday on Cannibal Hymns/B3SCI), is warped and weird –
from Nancy’s own baroque croon, to the distorted synths and
warbling guitars. It’s a hypnotic concoction, the likes of
smash-hit single ‘Teenage Fantasy’ wielding a spooky alternate
world out of familiar, sugary pop melodies. “I could talk like
Lou Reed,” Nancy croons on ‘To Take Time, “and I could walk
like James Dean.” It’s that dream-like sense of ambition that
buoys ‘Mysterious Visions’.

Interestingly, too, things kick off with a cover of Nancy
Sinatra’s karaoke classic ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin’
– this being Nancy, though, it’s blown-out and bombastic; a
shredded-denim punk reimagining of the original.

Below, we’ve got the first stream of Nancy’s ‘Mysterious
Visions’ EP, along with an interview with the fella behind it
all.

Talk us through Nancy, then – if you’ll forgive the
assumption, you don’t sound much like a Nancy.

Nancy: “Nancy is the name I’ve given
myself, an alter-ego. It’s something that people used to shout at
me (‘Nancy-boy’ etc), I guess for not adhering to their
masculine norms or something, and I derive a lot of strength from
reclaiming the word and attaching something positive to it. On the
flip side, it’s also a nod to one of my biggest inspirations,
Nancy Sinatra.

“As Nancy, I write, produce and record my own music. I create
my artwork and make my videos. I’m big fan of classic
songwriters/producers like Burt Bacharach and Phil Spector and acts
like The Walker Brothers and The RatPack. At the same time, I also
love The Modern Lovers and R. Steve Moore, so musically, I guess I
sit somewhere in between. I want my EP to feel like a trip to the
theatre, something visual, like there is an epic stage show playing
out while you listen. I can’t wait take the show to some cool
venues and properly fulfil my vision when the time is right.”

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So many of the melodies on ‘Mysterious Visions’ are warped,
or distorted. What inspired that choice? Do you never want to just
play it straight?

“I like distortion, I think it has magical qualities. It’s a
bit like when you’re watching an old horror film; the monster
that your mind creates through suspense and ambiguity is always
much scarier than anything a film could portray. I see my music in
the same way – there’s enough missing for the listener to
project what they want onto it, it’s a more inclusive listening
experience… My style, as a producer, is to have all of these
classic song structures and pop melodies blown at you through a
broken speaker… Finding counterpoints, that’s what I
like.”

Cannibal Hymns have become a breeding ground for some serious UK
talent. How did that link-up occur? How does it feel to have them
backing you?

“Cannibal Hymns are such a fantastic label to be with, Tim
[Hampson, owner] is very influential and also very artist-driven,
which is a nice combo. So I am very pleased CH are releasing my EP.
I must say, also, working with B3SCI in America has been a dream
– with CH, they are a perfect pairing. I am stunned at the
support I’ve had so early on and feel very grateful.”

And let’s talk that ‘Bootz’ cover – why that song
specifically? How did you approach such a classic and make it more
Nancy?

“As I said earlier, Nancy Sinatra is a huge source of
inspiration for me, so it felt right to pay homage. ‘Bootz’ is
a manifesto for who I am as an artist. The prototype for the entire
character I’ve created – I take the culture you love, run it
through a blender and stick it all back together in my own way. I
find new meaning in old ideas, I excavate innovation and there felt
like no better way to show that than turning Sinatra’s classic
into a punk stomper.”

The packaging and artwork for the cassette is incredible – who
do we have to thank for that? Is it important to you to offer up a
special package?

“Thank you! I like to create everything down to the finest
details.  To me, packaging is only an extension of my art form.
I’m trying to create a world entirely of my own, and that means I
need to design every detail of it.

“I designed the ciggy packet (although I recently quit
smoking, old habits die hard, I guess) and CH loved the idea and
really went down the rabbit hole with me on it. We tracked down an
excellent cassette manufacturer and the result is truly
marvellous.”

What’s next for Nancy?

“I started out with modest expectations, but in the last 2
weeks this thing has really blown up. I’ve already been invited
to perform at SXSW and I have a lot of people getting in touch to
work with me, so I feel very optimistic.”

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