We premiere a new and unheard track from 17-year-old Derry songwriter SOAK.
Belfast born but raised in Derry, SOAK offers vivid proof that age does not define artistic maturity. Bridie Monds-Watson has spent the last two years splitting time between her studies, the local skate-park, and her songwriting. There was significant acclaim for 2012’s ‘Sea Creatures’, which saw her offered slots at Glastonbury and Other Voices, support Tegan & Sara on tour, and complete a Biology GCSE moments after playing the City of Culture launch for Derry.
Newest ‘Blud’ sees SOAK accelerate her ascent from raw talent into a unique artistic voice. More atmospheric and textured than her earlier work, ‘Blud’ was written after overhearing an argument and explores the possibilities of change thereafter. The effect is curiously uplifting, seemingly as inspired by a childhood of Joni Mitchell albums as the brooding productions of Cat Power. A counterpart to her burgeoning songwriting, Bridie also played every instrument on ‘Blud’ herself (bar the bass), which was produced in Donegal by Mercury-nominated Villagers’ guitarist Tommy McLaughlin.
The first signing to Chvrches’ Goodbye Records will headline St Pancras Old Church on April 10, as well as supporting the band at the NME Awards (Scala, February 17) and on tour (including two dates at The Forum). ‘Blud’ has already gone Top 10 on Hype Machine, been made Zane Lowe’s Next Hype and picked up repeated Radio 1 play across the likes of Huw Stephens and Phil & Alice. Wowsers!
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Words: Shane Hawkins – Follow Shane on Twitter.