Published Mar 21, 2007For anyone suffering from a little too much Lily Allen or even anyone looking for more Lily Allen, try this up-and-coming teenage Brit on for size. Deciding on music as her career choice after being rejected by theatre and breaking her foot seeing Brokeback Mountain, her parents gave her a guitar to prolong boredom and voila! We have the only teenage, female singer-songwriter youll find listing spoken word punk John Cooper Clarke as an influence. Lacking the glossy production strokes of Allens debut, this 19-year-old much prefers the D.I.Y., lo-fi sheen of GarageBand. Theres no doubt she isnt putting it to good use, wasting no time showing her breadth as a multi-faceted songwriter. Give her an acoustic guitar and shell serenade you in her sing/speak vocals; but her real talent is with a nascent hip-hop beat. "Carolines A Victim (out on Moshi Moshi in the UK) may sound like it was composed in a matter of seconds, but the flirtatious monotone refrain, wayward bass synths and kindergartener-designed rhythm make it a welcome successor to the Normals "Warm Leatherette minus the sadomasochistic imagery, of course.
Kate Nash "Carolines A Victim"