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Video(s) of the Moment #2902: SOAK

By on Monday, 22nd October 2018 at 6:00 pm

It’s been a spell since we heard from Northern Irish singer/songwriter SOAK. In case you need a refresher, the young talent’s debut album for Rough Trade, ‘Before We Forgot How to Dream’, was nominated for the 2015 Mercury Prize and won the 2015 Choice Music Prize in Ireland. We caught the artist several times at SXSW 2015 that year, including at the Monday night Creative Belfast showcase.

It appears Bridie Monds-Watson has shed her mostly monochromatic skater image (see header photo) for the new video for her latest single, ‘Everybody Loves You’. The promo’s focus is pink (yes, pink), and the story told through the visuals seems to be one of self-acceptance despite not fitting in. That’s all I want to say about it because it has to be one of the weirdest videos I’ve seen that doesn’t belong to”>the Flaming Lips! Watch ‘Everybody Loves You’ below, along with the animated video for the song released previously. The song is available now in digital format from Rough Trade Records. For all of our past posts on SOAK, go here.


Video of the Moment #1967: SOAK

By on Wednesday, 2nd December 2015 at 6:00 pm

Northern Ireland’s SOAK has premiered a new video for her latest single ‘Reckless Behaviour’. The track features on Derry singer/songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson’s 2015 Mercury Prize-nominated album ‘Before We Forgot How to Dream’, which Carrie reviewed back in the spring ahead of its release in June.

The promo, filmed by the same director Bob Gallagher that has been behind Girl Band‘s memorable videos of recent memory, chronicles the unlikely alliance between two patients of very different ages in a mental hospital. Of the video, Gallagher says:

When I first saw SOAK perform a few years ago, the thing that struck me most was that there is a really tangible sense of empathy to Bridie’s songwriting. You get the impression that she’s writing for someone, in a way that’s genuinely very caring and reassuring. I tried to get that sense of empathy across in the older character played by Fiona York; she is a thief so she’s very observant. I think she sees elements of herself in the younger character played by Dani Hiro. The video is about what two people observe in each other and how that makes them relate in a way that transcends their difference in age or their backgrounds…Those connections between people are what help you to get well and stay healthy, so I hope the video goes some way towards illustrating that.

Check out the video for ‘Reckless Behaviour’ by SOAK below. Want to have a read through of all things SOAK on TGTF? Right this way, ladies and gents.



Live Gig Video: SOAK performs ‘B a Nobody’ and ‘Blud’ in New York for La Blogotheque

By on Wednesday, 10th June 2015 at 4:00 pm

Back in March before she landed in Austin for SXSW 2015, SOAK (aka young Derry singer/songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson) filmed this pretty special live performance in New York City for French Web site La Blogotheque. Watch the arresting video below. ‘B a Nobody’ and ‘Blud’ feature prominently on the young lady’s debut album for Rough Trade Records, ‘Before We Forgot How to Dream’, which Carrie reviewed in late May.

You can see SOAK live this autumn in the UK, for the singer/songwriter has announced a massive UK tour for October and November 2015. Read all our past articles on SOAK here on TGTF through this link.



SOAK / October and November 2015 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 3rd June 2015 at 9:00 am

Derry singer/songwriter SOAK has announced a new list of autumn headline dates in the UK, to accompany this week’s highly anticipated release of her debut album ‘Before We Forgot How To Dream’.  The new live dates will follow SOAK’s previously scheduled June tour of the UK and Ireland, which will begin tomorrow (4 June), and a set of worldwide dates which you can find listed on SOAK’s official Web site. Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Tuesday 27th October 2015 – London Union Chapel
Thursday 29th October 2015 – Brighton Concorde 2
Friday 30th October 2015 – Bristol Fleece
Monday 2nd November 2015 – Edinburgh Caves
Tuesday 3rd November 2015 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wednesday 4th November 2015 – Manchester Gorilla
Thursday 5th November 2015 – Birmingham Institute


Album Review: SOAK – Before We Forgot How To Dream

By on Thursday, 28th May 2015 at 12:00 pm

SOAK album coverWhen I think of teenage musicians, my mind immediately conjures images of fleeting pop sensations like Justin Bieber, whose music is largely of the disposable and generic variety. As a general rule, their songs are cloying and one-dimensional, with unrelenting dance beats and tritely catchy lyrics but without emotional depth or any indication of thoughtful musicality. But there are exceptions to that rule, the ubiquitous Taylor Swift being one that immediately springs to mind. Swift’s music career, already long and storied even at her young age of 25, has endured because she has been willing to evolve from her original plainspoken acoustic country style to her current iteration as a brazenly in-your-face pop culture diva.

“Diva” is the very last word in the dictionary that one would choose to describe 19-year-old Bridie Monds-Watson, better known on stage and on record as SOAK. SOAK is about as far removed from Taylor Swift as she can possibly be, on the pop culture continuum and the music continuum as well. Where Swift successfully employs the aforementioned sick-beat-catchy-lyric technique (am I allowed to use the phrase “sick beat”?), SOAK takes a much more subtle tack on her debut album ‘Before We Forgot How To Dream’. Dressed modestly in black and armed only with an acoustic guitar and loop pedal, SOAK mesmerized her audiences at SXSW 2015 earlier this spring with the austere sincerity of her performances. And though her album features fully fleshed out instrumental arrangements of the songs we heard in Austin, its outstanding characteristic is still SOAK’s delicate singing voice, the fragile sensitivity of her delivery matching the tender honesty in her introspective lyrics.

SOAK’s skater-teen background does show itself momentarily in the youthful text-speak spellings of some of her song titles, including ‘B a noBody’, whose video is just below, and ‘Blud’, which we featured as a Video of the Moment back in April. Despite their initial appearance, these are not superficial teen pop tunes with computer-generated backbeats and lyrics about boys and fashion. ‘B a noBody’, which follows the instrumental ‘My Brain’ to open the album, lingers in the ears with the haunting, vaguely sad refrain, “come on, come on / be just like me / come on, come on / be a nobody”. ‘Blud’ is a bit grittier, as SOAK intones the line “you’re in my blood” with an affected pronunciation suggestive of the track’s spelling. This mildly irksome vocal mannerism persists throughout the album, clearly a deliberate artistic choice made to enhance the expressivity of SOAK’s singing, but the overall beauty of the songs assuages the minor annoyance.


Following the opening three-track sequence, SOAK continues to intersperse her songs with short, curiously-titled instrumental interludes, which provide moments of reprieve and reflection among the fluctuating moods of the proper songs. The more upbeat tracks like ‘Sea Creatures’ and ‘Garden’ nicely balance the darker tone of ‘24 Windowed House’ and the ethereal ‘SHUVELS’. SOAK revisits the rougher edge of her singing voice on standout track ‘Reckless Behaviour’ before closing with the piercing melancholy of ‘Oh Brother’, which contains the album’s title lyric, and starkly moving final track ‘Blind’.

‘Before We Forgot How To Dream’ is eloquently written from a truly special vantage point at the precise intersection of adolescence and adulthood. The songs are replete with SOAK’s unique combination of poignant emotionality and growing intellectual awareness, a distinctive juxtaposition she might never be able to again achieve. However, my overwhelming sense upon hearing the complete album is that SOAK has enormous potential to evolve, both musically and personally, just as her pop counterpart Taylor Swift has done. In which direction that evolution might take SOAK of course remains to be seen, but the sky will be the limit if she keeps her own dreams in sight.


SOAK’s debut album ‘Before We Forgot How To Dream’ is due out next Monday, the 1st of June, on Rough Trade Records. The album is currently streaming in full on NPR. SOAK will support the album release with live dates in the UK and Ireland; find all the details here. If you’ve missed our previous coverage of SOAK, including her appearance at SXSW 2015, you can find it all right back here.


Video of the Moment #1789: SOAK

By on Monday, 20th April 2015 at 6:00 pm

After her softly emotional and well-received performances at SXSW 2015, SOAK (aka Derry teenager Bridie Monds-Watson) has a new promo video to show us. The visuals in ‘Blud’ are monochromatic I think for a reason: to show off the melancholic nature of looking back at time that has passed so fast and memories may be long gone in time but never forgotten. Watch the video for ‘Blud’ [sic] below.

All of TGTF’s coverage so far on SOAK is this way. Catch her on tour in the UK and Ireland in June; prior to that, she’ll also be making an appearance with the Irish contingent at The Great Escape 2015.



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