Tags like "MySpace," "London accent" and "girl" resulted in Kate Nash being lumped in with Lily Allen. To an extent the comparisons were valid, especially considering the two were early online proponents of each other. However where Allen played the role of the cheeky hipster, Nash covered a more angst-filled role.
The Irish-born, London-based singer-songwriter turned to music after an accident left her bed-ridden. She posted her homemade songs on the aforementioned social network which attracted positive attention. She released a 7" on the local Moshi-Moshi label and was subsequently signed by Fiction Records, a subsidiary of Polydor Records. She released her single "Foundations" in 2007, which became a hit on UK pop charts. The markedly upbeat (in terms of melody) song paved her way to larger performances and the release of a debut album Made Of Bricks on Polydor that same year. The album topped the UK charts upon entry, but it only performed modestly in the U.S.
Nash continued to develop a fuller, pop-oriented sound on her 2010 sophomore release My Best Friend Is You. Former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler produced the album with much of the retro pop aesthetics he applied to fellow "girl" pop singer Duffy's Rockferry album. ~Dan Nishimoto
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