We’ve written about teenage Irish singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson before in glowing terms, but upon listening to her new single, ‘Sea Creatures’, which drops on March 16th via Rough Trade, she’s upped her game again in producing a song which is startling in its beauty and astonishing in its lyrical wordplay. And trust us, there’s no extra eggs in that there pudding, its truly brilliant.
Produced alongside Tommy McLaughlin from Villagers, ‘Sea Creatures’ in all its lilting orchestral pop and intricate arrangements, has something of the Laura Marling about it, quite a comparison anyway, but more so when you add in that she was fourteen when she originally wrote it. Inspired by watching a friend get bullied at school, her wit and wherewithal with words sparkle throughout (“I pray for you / But you know I don’t like Jesus”).
The song itself, awash with atmospherics, waves, and this echo ridden piano, before it breaks into this almost cutesy melody, with SOAK sounding on and off like The Cardigans Nina Persson, oozing kookiness yet delivering something that aching in its sound. Around it the song is sweetened by shimmering strings and this loveable shuffle in the accompaniment.
Easy to see why she’s been added to the BBC Sound of 2015 poll.
Catch SOAK headlining an intimate date at the ICA on February 4th, as part of the Annie Mac Presents Collected series, before she heads off for a handful of live dates at skate-parks up and down the UK. Details Below.
4th Feb – Annie Mac Presents, ICA – TICKETS: http://hyperurl.co/AMPSoak
SOAK SK9 TOUR – Free entry, tickets via: https://billetto.co.uk/soak
Wed 11 Oxford, SS20 Skate Shop
Thu 12 Bristol Campus, Skate Park
Fri 13 Bournemouth, Prevail Skate House
Sat 14 Weymouth, Front Skate Park
Tue 17 London, Parlour Skate Shop
Thu 19 Halifax, Orangebox
Fri 20 Dumbarton, Unit 23 Skate Park
Sat 21 Sheffield, The House Skate ParkSea Creatures on iTunes: http://hyperurl.co/seacreaturesitunes
Sea Creatures on Spotify: http://hyperurl.co/seacreaturesspotify