SOAK—aka Derry, Ireland’s Bridie Monds-Watson recently released her sophomore album ‘Grim Town’ to critical acclaim the release was immediately followed by a 2 month UK, EU & US tour ending with a performance on Glastonbury’s Park stage.
There is a transience to the album, a movement which is sometimes unpredictable – heavier in places, more pop-focused in others, and it is this greater soundcape that seems to have given SOAK the confidence to put her introspections in the firing line. New single ‘Maybe’ depicts this poppier side to the album seen in the likes of Knock me off my feet and Life trainee, she becomes fluid and surreal, floating through somebody else’s psychological landscape ‘I don’t’ even wanna know where I go in your memory.’
A record about getting lost that you can, also, truly get lost in, ‘Grim Town’ arrives as inspired by the audio-visual environmentalism of Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ as the production of Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene or Phoebe Bridgers. With unflinching honesty, Bridie tackles everything from long-distance love, depression, divorce and social anxiety to the changing modern landscape (sexually, politically, emotionally).