Love, Mental Health, and Nostalgia: Everything Was Yesterday

Love, Mental Health, and Nostalgia: Everything Was Yesterday

Pop Rock Indie
Kate Nash
Everything Was Yesterday
8.7
Shows Life In Pink

Regardless of your opinions in regards to second amendment rights, the countless mass shootings in America in the past year have shown that mental health needs to be taken more seriously; as clear as the backpacks many students are now forced to wear.

While politicians have been twiddling their thumbs and taking fat paychecks from lobbyists and private donors , musicians have been boldly addressing mental health now compared to previous generations of artists, from Katy Perry to Vic Mensa and Lil Uzi Vert.

Yesterday Was Forever does just that, which is amazing since this was financed through a kickstarter campaign rather than funded by a record label.

The British pop artist’s album goes back to her roots with melodies similar to Foundations mixed with more upbeat tracks and simple yet powerful lyricism drawing vivid scenes like “Body Heat”.

Throughout the album she explicitly mentions mental health; “Life in Pink” and “Today” being the most eminent. Yesterday Was Forever depicts the struggles of loving while being in a negative place mentally. Every track on this album is built around the concept of love, showing that despite being a positive emotion it has its darker sides (no don’t get too excited all of you Christian Grey fanatics).

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“California Poppies” is a raging storm starting with a calm sadness, exploding into riffs full of passion that seem to leech off the subject’s anger and fading out from the exhaustion of all the pent up emotion released.

Conversely, “Drink About You” is classic Kate Nash with a fast tempo laced into lyrics panging with regret and unhealthy coping mechanisms that lost love can bring someone. As someone who has struggled with their own mental health issues, namely manic depression (queues Jimi Hendrix), the lyrics “I'm sick and tired of being such a hypocrite. I'm kinda over being over it all. I think you hate yourself. I think I hate me even more. I can't remember what happened before” hit home for me. These verses perfectly describe what it’s like when a partner/love interest takes up an extremely large part of your headspace, to where you hate yourself because it feels crazy and obsessive. It’s further amplified by the whirlwind of emotions especially if you’re stuck in a depressive or anxious rut, while swimming in a pool of liquor to drown out the pain. It’s a song than many can relate to, regardless of stability, but also brings awareness to just how much harder these situations are for people who aren’t neurotypical. “To The Music I Belong” closes the album with whispers of positivity and acceptance by reminding listeners that everything is going to be okay.

Going back to the album as a whole, Yesterday Was Forever is an experimental piece that Nash has cultivated from seeds of deeply rooted emotions. It combines her previous work and balances it with more current indie-pop sounds and a touch of nostalgia, taking the listeners back to the ‘80s and ‘90s on “Karaoke Kiss” and “Life in Pink.”

This is definitely a solid album that new listeners and old stans can mutually appreciate. It is a work of art that manages to tell a story while teaching people to strive for mindfulness and emotional literacy/awareness.

And for those seeking help but don’t know where to go the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides a lot of free resources and guidance. Hope all is well, make sure to comment your thoughts and check out the album on spotify below!