Singer-songwriter Kate Nash was recently named a Global Ambassador for the Because I Am a Girl initiative, which aims to give females in developing countries the opportunity for a better life. After talking about the endeavor with the 25-year-old Brit, however, it's clear that music and her charity work — which also includes encouraging women to write music and play instruments — form a symbiotic relationship. "It is all part of the same bigger picture, in a way," she says by phone from London. "I use my music as part of the same mission statement about inspiring people and finding that joy in life. I feel like I have this manifesto; I do loads of different things that all lean towards it."
That same women-empowering attitude permeates her third album, Girl Talk (INgrooves/Have 10p). Nash says she was going through "personal things" while recording the record — a confession borne out by the album's strident, cathartic and proudly feminist music, which dabbles in confessional girl-group pop, lurching garage-punk, riot grrrl explosions, and noisy indie. "When you do go through difficult times, being creative is the best way to deal with it, because it's not going to fuck you over," she says. "A lot of people, when they get sad, go into negative shutdown and become destructive. And you can be destructive — via music. [Music] won't bite you in the ass; it'll support you and make you feel better."
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