KATE NASH

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Yes­ter­day Was For­ever

GIRL GANG RECORDS

‘Cal­i­for­nia Pop­pies’ 9/10 OUT­STAND­ING EF­FORT FROM IN­DIE-POP SINGER

It’s been five years since Kate

Nash re­leased her last al­bum, the in­dif­fer­ently re­ceived Girl Talk. Whilst that al­bum had real punk rock re­solve, its lack of im­me­di­ate hooks were a hand­i­cap.

Nash’s new LP, Yes­ter­day Was For­ever, re­tains the spir­ited vi­tal­ity of the pre­vi­ous al­bum, but also brings a re­newed, vi­va­cious sense of melody. De­spite the com­mer­cial sound of much of the record, Nash has taken the in­de­pen­dent route, and re­leased the al­bum her­self via Kick­starter. It’s a sheer joy from start to fin­ish.

The al­bum opens with fan­tas­tic sin­gle ‘Life In Pink’, which re­calls Wendy James at her Transvi­sion Vamp best. Else­where, ‘Call Me’ and ‘Take Away’ are ad­dic­tive mo­ments of new wave bliss, while

‘Twisted Up’ sim­i­larly jux­ta­poses hard-edged en­er­getic verses with melodic cho­ruses – a sig­na­ture style of the al­bum.

Nash sounds dis­tinct and au­then­tic, her sharp North Lon­don tones stand­ing out amongst the bland au­to­tuned voices that blare out ad nau­seum from day­time ra­dio. On more laid­back songs such as ‘Hate You’ and ‘Body Heat’, the singer also sum­mons a more clas­sic style of pop singing to suit the smooth pro­duc­tion.

In­deed, this is the kind of vi­brant, in­spi­ra­tional pop mu­sic that works won­ders for the soul; the al­bum is full of three-minute nuggets that leave you yearn­ing for one more cho­rus. Quite sim­ply, Yes­ter­day

Was For­ever is one of the finest pop al­bums of re­cent times.

OUT NOW / WAYNE BYRNE

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