SOAK – ‘Digital Witness’ cover (Rough Trade)

SOAK – ‘Digital Witness’ cover (Rough Trade)

SOAK premieres St Vincent cover, ‘Digital Witness’

Debut album – ‘Before We Forgot How To Dream’ – released June 1 via Rough Trade

Headline Tour (Bush Hall, June 4, Sold Out), Festivals (Great Escape, Latitude, Bestival, Festival Number 6, more TBA)

“A vivid portrait of teenage deep-thinking: intricate, ambiguous psychodramas” Guardian

SOAK’s sound has snippets of Cat Power and the delicacy of Lykke Li…well-crafted and uplifting psalms” Noisey

“Perceptive, irreverent and soulful” NME

“An atmosphere of imminent explosion/implosion…engrossing” Sunday Times

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SOAK has unveiled a beautiful reworking of St Vincent’s ‘Digital Witness’, ahead of the arrival of her debut album via Rough Trade. ‘Before We Forgot How To Dream’ is due June 1, and will be supported by an official release of ‘Blud’, following recent single ‘Sea Creatures’ (which was A-Listed at Radio 1, and also playlisted at 6Music and XFM). Named a One To Watch for 2015 via the likes of iTunes, Spotify and the BBC Sound Poll, Bridie has been confirmed for a run of festivals (including Great Escape, Latitude, Bestival, Festival Number 6) on top of June headline tour – featuring an already-sold-out show Bush Hall on June 4. Many more worldwide dates will be confirmed shortly, including the US (where Bridie recently played a breakout SXSW, and sold-out shows in New York.

Hear this quite-different cover SOAK’s done of St Vincent’s ‘Digital Witness’, ahead of the release of her debut album via Rough Trade on June 1:

Describing her cover choice, Bridie writes: “I watched her at Electric Picnic, but I didn’t really get into her until later on. She’s really good and kind of weird. I like music where you can’t tell what the next line is gonna be. She just makes things that are really interesting, and you can hear something new each time you listen.”

Already compared with the likes of Laura Marling and Beach House, ‘Before We Forgot How To Dream’ is a record which traces SOAK’s extraordinary journey in her career thus far, and also tackles those more universal themes of friendship, family or what to do with your future. She started writing songs at the age of thirteen, before an early demo of ‘Sea Creatures’ lit a fuse which picked up the attention of BBC Introducing and also saw A&R board the next flight to Derry (parking up outside the unsuspecting Monds-Watson household). Yet SOAK rushed into nothing, continuing to find her confidence as an artist and as a young woman. Having toured in the school holidays – Tegan & Sara, George Ezra – got her first tattoo (of 19) and completed her studies, things moved forward in 2014, when the soft-release of ‘Blud’ won widespread acclaim and ultimately led to a deal with Rough Trade the same summer most of her friends got their A-Level results.

Watch the ‘Blud’ video here

On its surface, ‘Before We Forgot How To Dream’ may initially appear nostalgic – romantic, even – towards a more innocent time. But despite the tumultuous tone which actually lingers beneath the record, there is still a persistently uplifting element to SOAK’s music. “People grow up and nobody believes in Magic anymore, or you’re told to lower your expectations and that certain behaviour isn’t appropriate. This album is definitely about that time when you believed a bit more in things.” You’d venture that belief will take SOAK further yet in her career, though ultimately her debut album seems to explore those joys and fears we take with us through life, from adolescence into adulthood – but simply get a little better at hiding.

May 14 +15         Brighton            Great Escape Festival
May 16             Brussels           Les Nuits Botanique
May 22             Mannheim         Mailfeld Derby
May 23             Dortmund         Way Back When
May 31             Barcelona         Primavera Sound Festival
June 4              London             Bush Hall **SOLD OUT**
June 5              Manchester       Sacred Trinity **SOLD OUT**
June 6              Glasgow           Oran Mor
June 10             Belfast              Empire Music Hall
June 11             Dublin               Pepper Cannister
June 12             Galway             Roisin Dubh
June 13             Cork                 Triskel Christchurch
July 17-19         Suffolk             Latitude Festival
July 19              Latvia               Positivus Festival
July 20              Netherlands       Valkhof Festival
July 24              Austria              Acoustic Lakeside Festival
July 25              Sweden Way Out West Festival
August 21         Norway             Pstereo Festival
September 6     Portemerion      Festival Number 6
September 10   Norway             Perfect Sounds Forever
Sept 10-13        Isle of Wight     Bestival

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SOAK – ‘Digital Witness’ cover (Rough Trade)