Yesterday Was Forever

Kate Nash
Non-Airable Tracks: 
Girl Gang Records
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If you’ve been following Kate Nash for a while (like I have), you’ll probably have a good idea of how her music has changed since she hit the charts with “Foundations” back in 2007. Indeed, her last effort – 2013’s Girl Talk – was almost a complete departure from her earlier work, an album with heavy punk and riot grrrl influences that sounded quite different from the cutesy, piano-based songs of her debut, Made of Bricks. While it’s been five years since her last proper album, after listening to Yesterday Was Forever, I don’t think Nash has lost her touch. This new album, funded by fans through kickstarter, feels like a cumulation of everything she has done in her career so far. Yesterday Was Forever has the personal lyricism of her earlier work, some of the rage and “I-don’t-give-a-f***” attitude of Girl Talk, and a newer musicality to it that settles down to somewhere less than the riot grrrl of her earlier work and more than the piano melodies of her oldest. Leading up to its release, Nash stated that she wanted the album to be like a sonic teenage diary – and she’s done just that with this album.

      Yesterday Was Forever takes listeners on a journey to explore Nash’s innermost thoughts and feelings, and damn does it feel relatable (to this reviewer, a common thread between all of Nash’s albums). As a rule, the album's songs for the most part deal with the darker and lighter aspects of love, friendship, Nash’s journey through dealing with her mental health issues. “Drink About You,” (#5) the lead single, is a JAM with racing guitars and song-of-the-summer-vibes that documents a sort of all-consuming obsessive love (that is not probably bad, but catchy as HELL). In a similar vein, “Karaoke Kiss” (#7) takes a look at the darker parts of relationships, and reminds me a bit of Charli XCX/Carly Rae Jepsen’s collab, “Backseat,” and is one of the more "current" sounding songs on the album (think synth-y). “Take Away” (#3) is a poppy song about just hanging out, watching TV and eating take out with your favorite person. Along with this on this album's lighter side there is also "My Little Alien," (#13) which has the feel of a 1950s teen ballad, but is far more intergalactic and written for Nash's dog, Stella. "Life in Pink" (#1) and "Musical Theatre" (#8) both document Nash's struggle with her mental health. "Life in Pink" is a sort of zany song where Nash tries to look on the brighter side of life, and "Musical Theatre," a sort of spiritual successor to "Don't You Want to Share the Guilt" from My Best Friend Is You, is part vocalization of an anxiety attack and part self-affirmation of never giving up. 

I may be biased, but Yesterday Was Forever feels like a triumph for Nash. I get the feeling that she truly did whatever she wanted with this album, and it makes for music that feels truthful and fun. It may not be everyone's cup of tea - some don't care for her attempts at getting a bit grungier with her voice, or for the simpler lyrics of the album - but I feel like if you're a fan of Nash's earlier work, you'll find something on Yesterday Was Forever to enjoy. 

Sounds Like: 
Dum Dum Girls but poppier
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Recommended Tracks: 
#5 "Drink About You" - FUN song, catchy guitar riff, catchy chorus, fast and makes you want to dance!
#7 "Karaoke Kiss" - Light electro-pop, dark and a little vibe-y, reminded me of "Backseat" by Charli XCX and Carly Rae Jepsen (similar themes)
#8 "Musical Theatre" - A little bit spoken word, deals with anxiety and triumphant by the end; love the percussion overall production of this one
# 3 "Take Away" - simple lyrics but very sweet and makes you want to spoon
Katie Fapp
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