Track-by-track through this stunning debut release from Soak.
After what feels like forever, the SOAK debut album ‘Before We forgot to Dream’ has finally landed and I am excited. Our very own Bridie Monds-Watson hasn’t been on the scene that long but boy has she impacted it. Always going to be special, I’m in awe that this is a debut, as it is seriously good… Here’s my track by track.
The clever ‘My Brain’ intro is a little stroke of genius as no matter how many times you listen, the same anticipation builds for was is a spectacular piece of work.
Leading into the first full track, and first single from the album, ‘B A NoBody’ is an angelic crash into your life. Young in years, Bridie is a wise old head on young shoulders. The beckoning lyrics of “Come on, come on, be a nobody” are hauntingly sweet. Building into a gorgeous orchestral clamour you know you’ve found a good thing.
‘Blud’ is special. Deep, gritty and beautifully set apart from everything you have heard with sweet vocals. “You’re in my blood, I’m in your blood, let’s just forget” rings in the back of your senses of that one you love/want/lost that you are just not going to let go off. Beautiful.
‘Wait’ is sublime. The sense of yearning throughout the whole track is relatable, echoing vocals getting seemingly intense as the drums build, supported by a haunting chorus of backing vocals makes you stop and take stock, of everything.
As all early SOAK supporters will know, ‘Sea Creatures’ was one of the first releases for our Derry girl. A bit of a bigger production this time round, making it sound more upbeat than the original version. Perfectly placed in the middle of the album, giving you a lighter, floatier break from the theme of the album. Stunningly original SOAK, you can really see for far this girl has come in such a short time.
With an interlude following; ‘A Dream To Fly’, you can picture this album live, track by track, its quite the clever little idea.
Soak has created one of the most accomplished debuts in years in 'Before We Forgot How To Dream'.