Derry’s folk-pop gem

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - LAU­REN MUR­PHY

song­writer’s age – song ti­tles like If Ev­ery­one is Some­one – No One is Ev­ery­one, for ex­am­ple – oth­ers ex­hibit her depth of ar­tic­u­lacy. Blud and B a no­Body in par­tic­u­lar are beau­ti­fully paced and elo­quently phrased; oth­ers are hes­i­tant love songs, like the evoca­tive Gar­den, which sees her croon “I’d take you ev­ery­where if I could / I’d waste all my time on you” to the ob­ject of her af­fec­tion.

The jewel in her crown, how­ever, is still the beau­ti­ful Sea Crea­tures. It’s given a makeover here, with added strings and twin­kling keys mak­ing for one of the most mem­o­rable folk-pop num­bers you’ll hear all year. In fact, while SOAK’s melan­cholic, mourn­ful-plucked gui­tar tunes like Shu­vels are ami­able and of­ten touch­ing, she is at her most mag­netic on the fuller-sound­ing songs like the afore­men­tioned Gar­den. Monds-Wat­son has yet to learn to use her beau­ti­fully idio­syn­cratic voice to its full po­ten­tial and her song-writ­ing has not yet hit full-tilt. Still, this is an aus­pi­cious call­ing card – and what Bri­die does next could be very spe­cial in­deed. soakof­fi­

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