"Scary but amazing" -- that's Kate Nash's description of America as she contemplates the U.S. release of her quirky piano-pop debut album, "Made of Bricks" (Geffen).

"Scary but amazing" -- that's Kate Nash's description of America as she contemplates the U.S. release of her quirky piano-pop debut album, "Made of Bricks" (Geffen). Nash became a pop phenomenon in the United Kingdom off of her debut major-label single, "Foundations" (Fiction), which spent five weeks at No. 2 in July and August.

"I still live at home and have my friends around me," says Nash, an excitable and talkative 20-year-old from north London. "I'm not really interested in fame and celebrities."

In the States, the "Foundations" EP, released in September, peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Singles Sales chart and Nash played three New York shows in September. "I thought, are these people thinking, what's this weird English girl talking about?" she says with a laugh. "But it went down really well."

Universal U.K. director of international marketing Greg Stafford says key U.S. press, from Teen Vogue to the New York Times, "have come onboard early ... There is a real expectation." Nash returns to North America for promotion and four dates starting Jan. 7 in Toronto, with "Foundations" serviced to radio just before Christmas. A full U.S. tour is planned for April and May.