Soak - 'Before We Forgot How To Dream'
Derry's Bridie Monds-Watson observes teenage life with beauty and wisdom
Songwriters have long chronicled life on the teen frontlines, from Bob Dylan and Neil Young to Jamie T and Laura Marling. This accomplished and eloquent debut from Northern Irish 18-year-old Bridie Monds-Watson, aka Soak, stakes her claim to be what Girls’ Lena Dunham might call either the voice of her generation, or at least a voice, of a generation. From the Beach House-influenced ‘B a noBody’ to the rushing Cat Power pop of ‘Hailstones Don’t Hurt’, there is beauty and wisdom in Soak’s music. She observes adolescent high jinks (‘Reckless Behaviour’) and familial strife (‘Blud’) with the same keen eye, while her voice recalls Joanna Newsom’s at its most fragile. Less teenage kicks, more teenage contemplation.
Record label: Rough Trade
Release date: 01 Jun, 2015