July 2015 National Music Reviews

Review: SOAK – Before We Forgot How To Dream

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SOAK-Before-We-Forgot-How-to-Dream album coverSOAK
Before We Forgot How to Dream

Rough Trade
Street: 06.02
SOAK = Beach House x Låpsley + Arctic Lake

Let me start off by saying that this album was made by a 19-year-old. However, it would be unjust to brush it off as merely a coming-of-age album composed by a teenager even if some of the song titles do suggest a purely juvenile approach (“B a noBody,” “Blud,” “SHUVELS,” etc.). Irish songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson is able to connect not only with those her age, but also a wider audience of all ages and backgrounds. Tackling issues such as divorce, social anxiety and the vast influence of the everyday moments in one’s life, Monds-Watson creates an atmosphere that most can relate to. Channeling the likes of the Quin sisters (Tegan and Sara, that is), the end result is one that is not only emotive but aurally pleasing. Lyrical mastery, superior vocal ability and simple orchestration create a home run of musical virtuosity that reaches dizzying heights. –Allison Shephard