Bridie Monds-Watson, AKA SOAK, seems older than her 22 years. Her songs feel like the world weary laments of someone much older, which made her debut ‘Before We Forgot How To Dream’ such a rich and stimulating affair. She’s now surpassed this on its follow up ‘Grim Town’, which continues the themes of her debut, but with a new emotional growth.
‘Grim Town’ sees Monds-Watson progress from her glorious first album: the motifs are the same – sub-life living and relationships – but her lyrical pallet is grander, and sonically she’s matured. Sadly there are no songs about life below the waves, but her charming delivery remains.
The melodies are intoxicating and their ability to wind and intertwine is captivating, but it’s Monds-Watson’s vocals that are the real star. They range from childlike whispers, to delicate crooning and a raging storm of a vocal. This is an album to explore and get lost in.
Words: Nick Roseblade
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