At just 19, Bridie Monds-Watson, a.k.a. SOAK, seems to handle success with modest and casual confidence. Her career has taken off quickly, from writing songs in the basement of her home in Derry, Northern Ireland, to flying from country to country performing at music festivals — including Glastonbury this past summer.
Monds-Watson's success isn't hard to understand. There's a quality to her raspy, yet delicate voice that suggests wisdom well beyond her years. Her voice conveys many emotions at once: vulnerability, earnestness, sadness, hunger. SOAK takes listeners to another place with her expressive, poetic lyrics, as she fills the room with raw, stripped-down renditions of songs from her debut album, Before We Forgot How To Dream. Watch her perform "B a noBody" here.
Watch SOAK's full performance on KEXP's YouTube channel.