Previews: Kate Nash at A&R

From the March 14, 2013 edition

Spunky, distinctly British songstress Kate Nash scored a U.K. smash fresh out of her teens in 2007 with lead single “Foundations,” a song that sounds precious and fantastical even as it deals frankly with the mundane travails of failing romance. The tune made a minor splash stateside, but not enough to establish Nash as a name brand or win her album Made of Bricks wide exposure here.

She crossbred her signature sound with Motown girl-group pizzazz on 2010’s My Best Friend Is You. I didn’t hear singles “Do-Wah-Doo” and “Later On” back then, but catching up with them has been a pleasure.

Perhaps that move was inspired by bands like Vivian Girls and Dum Dum Girls, whose Motown-inflected, shoegaze-glazed indie rock was all the rage at the time. How else to explain album No. 3, Girl Talk, which abandons Nash’s piano-centric “Foundations” foundation for bass-heavy post-punk? It’s not her best look, but she’s earned some leeway.

Supercute! opens Nash’s show Wednesday at A&R.