Nancy (aka Jamie Hall) takes listeners through a circus of morbid wonders in 7 Foot Tall Post-Suicidal Feel Good Blues. A record that’s both mired by darkness while celebrating the will to face another day. This tug-of-war provides a conflicting narrative, as the title track’s opening salvo proclaims: “don’t you worry baby, I’m alright / I used to cry but now I think it’s tight”, uttered against a sea of self-destructive thoughts: “I used to think about suicide every week”. It’s these dual sentiments that play around in the album, laced with a free form psych punk approach and a circus-like variety. One that dives unabashedly into the ups and downs of mental health.
This duality appears again in “Leave Your Cares Behind”, which is a whimsical and cheerful tune similar to Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry Be Happy”. But this sentiment washes away almost immediately in “Never Gonna Wake (UP)”, which channels the Misfits in a punk-fueled feverish nightmare that could possibly drive our narrator to end it all.
Like a roller coaster ride, the following track “Dear Life Give Me a Sign That I Am Not Alone” pushes back the momentum towards hope. Hall sings a hazy ballad full of loneliness and longing, where he reaches out and asks: “Is there light within the endless dark?” Beautiful and harrowing, Post-Suicidal Feel Good Blues is as conflicted as one could imagine a troubled mental state would be.
Yet despite its dark depths, the album is without humor. “Clic Clac” imagines how the encounter with the grim reaper would be, featuring the sound that it’s rattling bones would make as it sneaks up on you. In “Psycho Vision” Nancy posits that love “is wasted on us” while he looks “for a wife I can divorce.” Using lightheartedness and irony as a counterweight to add a little spice to the darkness. The album ends with the whimsical sounds of “Deathmarch”, one that employs the organ for a Halloween vibe, as our narrator proceeds to stare into their own morality.
Post Suicidal Feel Good Blues may have its heels stuck in the darkness, but ultimately we find Nancy trudging along to fight another day, grateful for every chance. Accompanied by this gothic and eccentric carnival of oddities, it’s a struggle that’s certainly worth the effort.