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Video of the Moment #2898: Kate Nash

 
By on Wednesday, 19th September 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Back in the spring, Kate Nash released her fourth album. ‘Yesterday Was Forever’ reflected a version of Kate Nash as we’d never seen or heard from before, now that Nash is an actress starring in Netflix female wrestling comedy GLOW. From the album, she’s released a new video this week for ‘Hate You’, which might not be so good for the squeamish. You’ll see what I mean if you watch the video below. Want to read through all of our past coverage on TGTF on Kate Nash? Follow us this way.

 

Album Review: Kate Nash – Yesterday Was Forever

 
By on Tuesday, 17th April 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Kate Nash Yesterday Was Forever album coverLast year at SXSW 2017, I came across established pop princess Kate Nash performing at Latitude 30, wearing a pink boa, a cute dress and fishnet stockings. It was 10 years on since her breakout hit ‘Foundations’, yet in this bar in Austin, it seemed all her fans in town were there and we were transported back in 2007. It’s those devoted fans who put money into the Kickstarter kitty for her fourth album ‘Yesterday Was Forever’, out now on Nash’s own label Girl Gang Records. She’s very different from the BRIT School graduate thrust into the spotlight before the age of 20 and who made ‘Made of Bricks’ for Fiction Records a decade ago. She has an acting career, with the starring role in Netflix female wrestling comedy GLOW, and splits her time between London and Los Angeles. Nash feels a responsibility “an advocate for young women – that’s what drives me and my career.” But what does Kate Nash sound like on record now?

At 14 tracks, it’s an album that overstays its welcome and would have benefited from with some self-editing. That said, Nash hasn’t put out an album since 2014’s ‘Girl Talk’, so she has a lot to say and this time, without the hands of a major label, she can say what she wants, right? She has struggled with mental illness over the years – most notably, obsessive-compulsive disorder – and says this album ‘reads’ like a stroll through her teenage diary. Spoiler alert: it’s a bumpy ride. You remember the teenage years: hormones raged (‘Body Heat’) and confusion about relationships (‘Take Away’ vs. ‘Hate You’) and your own identity abounded. What will determine your enjoyment of ‘Yesterday Was Forever’ lies in whether you can look back at that time in your life with any sort of fondness.

A good litmus test is opener ‘Life in Pink’, in which Nash tries to balance her inner demons (“wish I could let my brain / decide and stop the pain”) with trying to be cute (“I keep heart-shaped glasses close to me”), screeched in a Courtney Love-esque vocal. This is probably a good time to remind everyone that Love is one of Nash’s heroes. You either embrace or reject the contrast of sugary sweet popster and punk rocker grrl. On ‘California Poppies’, Nash channels Love again for another vocal cord-ripping exercise.

One wonders if Nash considered doing an entire album with a punk feel but only walked it back because, well, pop sells better. Early taster ‘Drink About You’ suffers from throwaway lines like “spots are coming out on me, what should I do?” But to the general listener, it’s more important that the high energy tempo and the gay guitar tune are catchy. She goes into the popular pop topics of sex whilst drunk on ‘Karaoke Kiss’ and a disconnection with the digital world on ‘Twisted Up’, both songs exploring female desire.

Most of the songs on this record are encased in a sugary sheen of production. It’s unfortunate, as when Nash breaks from this trend on ‘Musical Theatre’, she’s also the most honest with herself and with us. The mostly spoken word song sounds like a feed from her mind, a stream of consciousness while she copes with an anxiety attack. It’s a brave moment and should as applauded as an emotional moment Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit has written. But that’s not what ‘Yesterday Was Forever’ will be remembered for. This is a schizophrenic album with pop, punk and attempts at balladry, with mixed results.

7/10

Kate Nash’s fourth album ‘Yesterday Was Forever’ is out now on her own Girl Gang Records. She is currently in the midst of a North American tour, stopping at Englewood, Colorado’s Gothic Theatre tonight. For past coverage on TGTF on Nash, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2781: Kate Nash

 
By on Monday, 5th February 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

At the end of next month, we’ll have a new Kate Nash album. ‘Yesterday and Forever’, Nash’s fourth album, will be out on the 30th of March. The pop singer has been busy acting in Netflix original series GLOW, but she’s slowed down long enough release a new single from the upcoming record. The bubblegummy’Drink About You’ features lo-fi guitars and Nash’s usually carefree vocals.

Nash says the song “is about breaking up with someone and becoming obsessed with an idea of who they are, to the point you can’t think of anything else or move on. It’s an unhealthy obsession, you imagine things are better than they are and latch on to whatever you can about the relationship that could be turned to good. And you deal with the pain in an unhealthy way too.”The accompanying promo video for ‘Drink About You’ was filmed by her friend Liz Nistico from Holychild. Taking place in the Los Angeles National Forest, Nash frolics in a short dress, shades and an appropriately boho beret. Watch the video below. For more here on TGTF on Kate Nash, follow this link.

 

SXSW 2017: rap plus old friends, new friends and a pop princess at the British Music Embassy (Wednesday night, part 2) – 15th March 2017

 
By on Thursday, 30th March 2017 at 2:00 pm
 

I saw Marika Hackman enjoying the music at the British Music Embassy that afternoon. She recognised me from when I interviewed her 2 years ago at the 9:30 Club, when she was out here touring with her mates Laura Marling and Johnny Flynn. She held both of my hands excitedly. “You must come see us tonight. I have a brand new band!” How could I refuse? Again, I had thought that I’d arrive with the latest set at the BME in full swing, but that was before I saw how much gear she and her band were trying to set up on Latitude 30’s stage.


Marika Hackman, BBC Radio 2, British Music Embassy, Latitude 30, Wednesday 15 March 2017

After an emotionally graceful album like her debut ‘We Slept at Last’, ‘Boyfriend’ comes as across as a jarring, yet liberating moment. Its lo-fi drawl is further enhanced by on record and live – wait for it – London girl group The Big Moon as her backing band! Either Marika thought I knew, or she wanted it to be a surprise. If you read my interview with her 2 years ago, she explained to me her massive respect for Laura Marling and what walls she broke down for the women who came after her. Given that she had once told me how tentative she felt sharing her music, it looks like from the acres of fun she and her band have onstage, her upcoming sophomore album for Sub Pop, ‘I’m Not Your Man’ out the 2nd of June, will be showing the real Marika Hackman, warts and all. A woman who’s comfortable in her own skin is a wonderful thing indeed.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyVBFCmTuUM[/youtube]

It’s funny that Hackman is now with Sub Pop, as the next artist I chanced across at the Swan Dive Patio is on the same label. Porter Ray (surname Sullivan) is an American up-and-coming rapper who I learned from my research is part of the underrated Seattle hip-hop scene. He came to Austin to promote his long-awaited debut album ‘Watercolor’, released the Friday before SXSW.


Porter Ray, Swan Dive Patio, Wednesday 15 March 2017

Of course with Nirvana and Pearl Jam, the Northwest city famed for its dreary, rainy days is most famous for its responsibility in kickstarting the ‘90s grunge scene. Is he the first of an upcoming rap division in Sub Pop’s otherwise indie arsenal? I couldn’t tell if his less than energetic stage presence had to do solely with his subject matter (his brother was killed by gunshot) or if he was just really, really nervous. While I’m no expert on rap, I could appreciate the higher pitch of his voice, unusual for a genre where darker, deeper, menacing voices are preferred and tend to prevail.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg0y8hRXyfg[/youtube]

The next act at the Swan Dive Patio should have been Mullally, who triumphantly announced on Twitter just days before SXSW that he had signed to Atlantic Records. I waited around for the Norfolk neo-soul singer, chuckling to myself and rubbing my hands like Mr. Burns in the near empty venue that I would be one of the first to hear the next big thing out of East Anglia. I waited for what seemed like forever. A DJ set up his turntables on the stage. I finally went up to chat with the stage manager who told me sorry, Mullally would not be performing because “he decided he wanted to save his voice for his performance on Saturday.” Ahem. Okay. Back to Latitude 30, then…


Kate Nash, BBC Radio 2, British Music Embassy, Latitude 30, Wednesday 15 March 2017

After negotiating the badge queue, I finally got in to find myself in the midst of Kate Nash’s coronation, practically. Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised how mental people in the venue were going, given her debut album ‘Made of Bricks’ is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and she’s inspired countless young girls to greater things. I stepped way back from the stage to let the uberfans get closer to their idol, churning through hits like ‘Mouthwash’ and ‘Foundations’. Even from afar, I could see sparkly stripts of things, fishnets and fuzzy pink balls all over Nash’s body. At least for that hour at the British Music Embassy, it was Kate Nash’s world.

My final act for Wednesday night would be Ten Tonnes, aka Ethan Barnett, who wowed me at the Culture Collide / Twix showcase at Bar 96 that afternoon. He would be the second to last act on the BBC Radio 2, PPL, and PRS for Music showcase. Compared to that fireball Kate Nash before him, his set was conservative, bringing things back to the music. Dressed in a plaid shirt – it was an evening show after all, right? – there was something so sweet about his set. I realised he reminded me of a dear friend, before he and his band became famous.

Here we were, presented with the two extremes in performance in music today, an industry veteran with all the bells and whistles followed by an up-and-comer with nothing but his voice and guitar. The fact that both of these can live in harmony in our industry, neither getting muscled out by the other, should give us all hope that the business can sustain not only established artists but nurture those coming up.


Ten Tonnes, BBC Radio 2, British Music Embassy, Latitude 30, Wednesday 15 March 2017

 

TGTF Guide to SXSW 2017: London pop artists showcasing at this year’s SXSW

 
By on Wednesday, 22nd February 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

As you might imagine, London leads the charge with the largest number of artists one city in the UK is sending to SXSW 2017. In this post, we introduce you to the acts from London Town in the genre of pop who received a shout for SXSW this year. The summaries of acts below were written by Rebecca Clayton, Steven Loftin and David Wriglesworth; where noted, some acts have dropped out. Please note: all information we bring you about SXSW 2017 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts and artists and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite artist is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official SXSW schedule, then stop by the artist’s Facebook and official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.

ESKA
Zimbabwean-born ESKA is best described as an amalgamation of the psyche soul of Minnie Riperton, with the whimsical melodic twists of Kate Bush, arranged into an intoxicating meld for the post-digital age.

Throughout the 2000s, ESKA gained vocal credits on many independent releases, before releasing the ‘Gatekeeper’ EP on her own Earthling Recordings label in 2013. The EP attracted worldwide critical acclaim, with BBC Radio 6’s Giles Peterson describing ESKA as “one of the most important singers in the UK”. ESKA released her self-titled debut album in 2015, which received a nomination for the 2015 Mercury Music Prize. Fast forward 2 years, and ESKA is set to unveil new music from her hugely anticipated follow-up album. (David Wriglesworth) [As of 21/2, ESKA is no longer listed on the SXSW Music Festival schedule.]

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdObPNAWANw[/youtube]

IDER
Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville are better known as IDER. Since moving in together, the duo worked tirelessly on their project and emerged in April 2016 with their debut track, ‘Sorry’. Within minutes of the track going live on Soundcloud, Sorry received huge support from BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart, who labeled IDER as one of his “Future Firsts” on his weekly show. Two months later, IDER released their follow-up track, the vulnerable, yet beautifully balanced ‘Pulse’, which has since received over 1,000,000 streams on Spotify. This was followed by the release of ‘King Ruby’ and ‘Million’.

With only a few live shows under their belt, supporting Conner Youngblood, Tegan and Sara and Samaris in London, IDER have laid low, writing and recording their debut album, which is expected to be released later this year. (David Wriglesworth) [As of 21/2, IDER are no longer listed on the SXSW Music Festival schedule.]

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kM3MNMrjhFM[/youtube]

The Japanese House
Do you need some melancholic synth pop in your life? Of course you do, it gives life that edge. The Japanese House manages to own this as well as have you begging for me. The fact it’s produced by The 1975‘s Matt Healy should give you a hint as to exactly how good we’re talking here. You can check out the ‘Swim Against The Tide’ EP available now. (Steven Loftin)

Joel Sarakula
Joel Sarakula is an Australian-born, UK-based soulful pop producer and singer-songwriter, who has travelled the world in search of his muse, gazing through his vintage glasses at his ‘70s tinged world.

In 2013, Joel Sarakula released his debut album ‘The Golden Age’. Singles ‘Bohemian’ and ‘I Will Deliver’ received numerous plays across BBC 6 Music, BBC London, XFM, Q Radio and Absolute Radio. Fans didn’t have to wait long for his follow-up, ‘The Imposter’, which hit store shelves in November 2015. This latest album took him to London, Berlin and Sydney, with a host of his musical comrades appearing on the record.

Joel Sarakula is a regular fixture on the festival and club circuit in the UK, Europe and Australia, having made appearances at Latitude, Glastonbury, The Great Escape, V-ROX Vladivostok and Reeperbahn Festival Hamburg, among others. (David Wriglesworth)

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK7_5hJukT8[/youtube]

Kate Nash
Kate Nash is the Harrow-born indie pop singer/songwriter who rocketed to fame in 2007 with her punchy hit ‘Foundations’. Nash went on to release a bunch of other singles from the album ‘Made of Bricks’, including ‘Pumpkin Soup’ and ‘Mouthwash’, that cemented her as a cornerstone of quirky, bright indie pop. In 2013, she shared her third studio album ‘Girl Talk’, which she released independently, saw her head for a punkier direction. Always being outspoken about politics and women’s rights and issues, Nash also worked to prevent the Dakota Access Pipeline last year. She’ll be appearing at SXSW this March, with the follow-up intention of releasing a new album this summer, which she is recording in Los Angeles. Stay tuned… (Rebecca Clayton)

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq6Xa6VYWFI[/youtube]

Mt. Wolf
In 2011, an inexperienced Kate Sproule turned down her first-post college job to pursue a music career to form Mt. Wolf (pictured at top), alongside her childhood friend Stevie McMinn and his college mates. The risk paid off as, after only two EPs into their career, Mt. Wolf became established as a signature sound. However, the band announced their decision to split 2 years later, due to creative differences in the band.

After a year’s hiatus, Mt. Wolf reunited with a new line-up as pictured at top, consisting of Sebastian Fox (vocals/guitar), Stevie McMinn (guitar) and Alex Mitchell (drums). The band’s electronic and acoustic elements have earned them comparisons to the likes of London Grammar, Mogwai and Sigur Ros.

The future is looking promising for the band, having received funding from the BPI’s Music Exports Growth Scheme (MEGS), as well as a separate grant from the PRS Foundation. (David Wriglesworth)

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyoFMIhcOkg[/youtube]

PIXX
Hannah Rodgers, better known as Pixx, is a young singer/songwriter from Chipstead on the outskirts of London. Born to a music-loving family, Pixx’s creative side was nurtured and encouraged from a young age, with her talent earning her a place at The BRIT School, which also counts Adele, Ella Eyre and the late Amy Winehouse among its alumni.

Inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Aphex Twin, Pixx – whose name is adopted from her grandmother’s nickname – released her recording debut ‘Fall In’ in August 2015. This was quickly followed by dreamy, synth-pop tracks ‘Baboo’ and ‘Grip’.

2016 was a busy year for Pixx, as she joined Daughter and Glass Animals on tour as a support act, played at a host of festivals including Latitude and performed at a 4AD showcase in the UK and the U.S. Pixx is currently in the process of finishing her debut album, which is due for release in early 2017. (David Wriglesworth) [As of 21/2, Pixx is no longer listed on the SXSW Music Festival schedule.]

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4kONnKvqG0[/youtube]

Roses Gabor
Once upon a time, Roses Gabor was working at a bank while working on her music career on evenings and weekends. In 2005 she sang on the Gorillaz track ‘Dare’, and since then she has appeared at a number of the band’s shows and tours to provide vocals, and featured on a number of other artists’ tracks, including SBTRKT’s ‘Pharoahs’ released back in 2011. More recently she’s featured on Basstrack’s funk-inspired ‘Get Your Way’.

In 2012, she released the single ‘Stars’, before releasing a follow-up single ‘Rush’ 2 years later. Gabor’s music is tranquil electro-dance, and features shimmering synth rhythms that show off her svelte vocals. (Rebecca Clayton) [As of 21/2, Roses Gabor is no longer listed on the SXSW Music Festival schedule.]

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5mNrUEKil4[/youtube]

Sykes
Sykes are a sparkly, electro alt-pop outfit from London, made up of lead singer Julia Sykes, lead guitar/ bass player Kristian Taylor and Will Grid Brown on drums. Unsigned, the band is yet to release an album but they have shared a bunch of singles/EPs since they started writing together. The band has been featured on Radio 1, and they have supported the likes of Bleachers and Charli XCX live, as well as appearing at a number of festivals including Glastonbury.

The band released the popular ‘Gold Dust’ in 2014, garnering attention for the trio. Title track ‘Gold Dust’ is joyful, with a glittering childhood sentimentality to it, and echoes the dreamy alt-pop quality of the band’s music. They also released an EP in 2016, ‘Younger Mind’. (Rebecca Clayton)

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVHOAZ6UIAA[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1418: Kate Nash

 
By on Thursday, 19th December 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

Snort. For those of you Grinches out there (and spurned lovers too), Kate Nash has recorded ‘I Hate You This Christmas’, dedicated to a former lover who has, how shall I put this delicately, taken up with her one of her best female friends. Deceptively poppy as hell, it hides the pain of treachery she’s feeling rather well. The title track of her latest EP out now, it stars all-girl three-piece punk band The Tuts. Did I mention it’s poppy and will insert itself into your psyche, even with its prominent swearing in the chorus? (Uh oh.) Watch the promo for the song below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNCG1TtrzFY[/youtube]

 
 
 

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