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Hannah Cohen Aims to Dig Deep with “Pleasure Boy”

Hannah Cohen Aims to Dig Deep with “Pleasure Boy”

Hannah Cohen made her presence known with the saccharine and stirring Child Bride, a debut filled with cradle songs and subtle variations usually reserved for a veteran in the music field. Now she’s poised to plant her flag with the sophomore album Pleasure Boy. The album will be released on March 31st.

Pleasure Boy, like her debut Child Bride, was produced by Thomas Bartlett, aka Doveman, whose work with artists such as The National, Antony Hegarty and David Byrne singles him out as one of America’s current finest producers and collaborators, though he’s also a talented pianist. The dynamics of Pleasure Boy was the result of Hannah and Bartlett, “bunkering down with my songs, experimenting with different tones and sounds, and layering them. My first record was so airy and roomy, I didn’t have patience for that again, I wanted more movement, something more mysterious and witchier, so we created this sound wall together.”

“I wanted the music to hurt, to have a visceral effect,” Hannah says. Her voice sometimes sounds delirious or icy; other times she recalls the vulnerable, piercing beauty of Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays) and Karen Peris (The Innocence Mission). But Pleasure Boy’s sound wouldn’t exist without the vision that launched it. The album title arrived as the record took shape. “Pleasure Boy is a character of who it’s about, someone who represents gluttony and decadence and richness,” Hannah explains. She admits it was a tough record to make, given she was aiming to heal emotionally while feeling “devastated and hurt. But it wouldn’t be the record it is if I hadn’t done that.”

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