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Kate Nash- Stepping out of Lily Allen's shadow

Update: The links have been re-posted- they should be up for another 2 weeks or so...

"The next Lily Allen"- those are the words that have been following newcomer Kate Nash around since her single Foundations smashed its way onto the charts, swallowing up the rule book and all the while proving that you don't have to have Umbrella beats to make it big. Well, why don't you take a longer look before forcing her to live in Lily's shadow? Where are the parallels in the music? Sure, she's also from London and is equally witty... but if you actually listen to her songs and compare them to Lily's you can see the similarities end there. Foundations oozes charm and wit, but not of the caustic kind (see Allen's 'Smile') and is clearly orchestrated by Nash herself: she's got the whole singer-songwriter thing going on and is competent at both piano and guitar, which are the main components of her songs, something which is mostly missing in Lily Allen's debut Alright, Still. Her real talent, though, lies in making songs accessible to ordinary people; Foundations tells the story of a couple who both hate the little things about each other:
  1. Boy hates girls stories- embarresses her in front of her friends
  2. Girl belittles boy's intelligence
  3. Boy calls girl 'bitch', but girl doesn't care
  4. Boy says girl's diet must be composed of lemons, because she is so bitter
  5. Girl says she prefers to hang out with his male friends because they are much fitter
  6. Boy gets wasted, throws up on girl's new trainers.
  7. Etc...
Indeed, taking a look at that I think the major comparison at this point would be to Regina Spektor, someone who on her songs so far Nash has magically managed to clip in the summery-poppy stakes and simplicity.

It's really weird to see someone given such a reference point so early on in their career, and its obviously something that Nash struggles with (it would piss me off to no end in interviews). She's brought the release of her first album forward by a couple of months to the 6th August, probably to distance herself from this requisite line (THE NEXT LILY ALLEN) which you will find in every one of her interviews since 'Foundations' came out. The song itself is an argument between (presumably) Kate and her ex?/boyfriend which has been dressed up into a great summer pop-song- only a sign of things to come. She's no one-trick pony, however: take a look at her first single Caroline's A Victim, a track that lies at the other end of the spectrum to the conversational pop that is Foundations. An intriguing mess of synths and Nash's spoken word, it was a gutsy move to release this as your debut single, and Kate has received huge amounts of flak for it. This was all forgotten once Foundations was released, but I have a weird feeling that her self-titled album will be split down the middle; one half full of Foundation-like pop songs and the other dancehall songs similar to Caroline Is A Victim.

Her debut is currently one of my most anticipated for 2007, not least for being produced by Paul Epworth- whose credits include Bloc Party, The Rakes and Maximo Park to name a few. The slightly weird thing about all her songs is that they sound like demos, something which you wouldn't expect when she's being produced by Epworth: however, this doesn't really detract from her sound. Whatever their plan is, the release of Caroline's A Victim was an interesting move to make, but I haven't heard to enough to judge how her album will pan out. To me, her best songs are the most basic ones like Foundations and The Nicest Thing where her sound is stripped down to the her voice and a piano/guitar backing. But take a look for yourself at the songs below, and I'm sure you will agree with me: Forget the constant Lily Allen comparisons: Kate Nash is set to be a star in her own right.

Kate Nash- Caroline's A Victim
Kate Nash- Foundations
Kate Nash- Birds
Kate Nash- Navy Taxi

7 comments:

  1. Anonymous said...
     

    Yours is one of the only article I've read praising Kate Nash, and this is the only article that is correct.
    Kate Nash is amazing and extremely talented with witty lyrics and catchy melodies.

    PS: Can you sort out the links to download some of her songs please? I've never heard of Navy Taxi (but have the others) and the link says that the file cannot be found. Thanks (:

  2. Will said...
     

    Thanks, I couldn't agree more- she's got some really catchy tunes and I never misunderstand her lyrics. I will sort out the links tomorrow; there is a bit of a problem with my hosting service but I'm sorting it out at the moment! Thanks for reading

  3. Anonymous said...
     

    Oh cool (:
    Thank you, and no problem; it was a very satisfying article to read.

    Do you possibly have her songs Old Dances and Habanera also?

  4. kiran said...
     

    i like her bc i feel like she'd be a good girl friend. ha

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