Derry’s folk-pop gem
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. soakofficial.com