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Pretty soon SOAK will not need to be ‘introduced’. The Irish singer-songwriter dropped her debut album Before We Forgot How to Dream last week, and it marks the start of an exciting path. Known to her teachers and loved ones as Bridie Monds-Watson, SOAK infuses ‘soul’ and ‘folk’ together not just in name. A prodigy from the age of just thirteen, when she first picked up a guitar, she released three EPs between 2012 and 2014. Earlier this year Bridie and the band played a tour solely on skate parks and in skate shops. Whilst there, attendees also got to enjoy complimentary pizza. Though, that's not all. Chosen to play this year’s SXSW, this summer sends nineteen year old SOAK and the band right around the festival circuit and beyond. Full length ‘Before We Forgot How to Dream’ suggests that Bridie is wise beyond her years, brooding lyrics spin stories of teenage heartbreak, family qualms and faith in religion for a friend in need ‘I prayed for you and you know I don’t like Jesus’. Innocently entitled songs ‘Shuvel’ and ‘B a noBody’ provide interesting insight, adding homely touches to a delicate album that is strong in its ways. Comparable to that of Laura Marling, there’s admirable sincerity to SOAK’s storytelling. It’s almost as though the songs have been scratched straight into a battered notebook, caught in the moment. Though with the playfulness of kaos (her pseudonym spelt backwards’). Both metaphoric and bluntly to the point, she references sea creatures and ghosts.
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