If you only listen to one song today, make it “Sea Creatures” by SOAK (2015, from the album Before We Forget How to Dream).
SOAK is the stage moniker for 19 year-old indie-folk singer/songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson from Derry, Northern Ireland. She’s been performing since the age of 16 and has been turning heads in the UK music scene for some time. Last year, she released two EPs which got her some international acclaim, and early this month, she released her debut long player Before We Forget How to Dream.
Some people compare Monds-Watson to Laura Marling, and a lot of people say that her voice is reminiscent of Victoria Bergman from The Concretes. I can definitely get on board with the latter of those two comparisons. I haven’t yet spent enough time with the SOAK album to get the Laura Marling thing, but the very first time I heard Monds-Watson’s voice, I immediately thought of Victoria Bergman.
The Blud EP from last March features a CHVRCHES remix of the title song, and that’s sort of the thing that got her some notoriety outside the UK. Later, she did a really fantastic cover of the CHVRCHES song “The Mother We Share”. I don’t care for CHVRCHES very much, but that really is a great song. The SOAK version, however, is a lot better. It wasn’t released on anything, but you can hear it here:
As good as that is, it’s not why we’re here. One of my favorite songs from the album is “Sea Creatures”. She’s been performing the song for a long time, and through the magic of YouTube clips, it might be the first SOAK song I ever heard. Either way, it’s a great song from a great album. Unfortunately, there isn’t a soundcloud or bandcamp link for it, but there is an official video:
I love how delicate the whole thing is. Her voice, the arrangement, everything.
For a woman who is barely 19 years old, she’s very mature as a songwriter and performer. She should have a super-bright future ahead of her.
You can get Before We Forget How to Dream from Amazon here.