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SOAK announces new album, Grim Town, shares “Knock Me Off My Feet”: Stream

Folk prodigy also schedules a tour in support of the upcoming release

SOAK new album Grim Town, "Knock Me Off My Feet" single
SOAK, photo by Ellius Grace
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    Indie folk prodigy Bridie Monds-Watson, a.k.a. SOAK, has announced her sophomore album, Grim Town. It’s due for release April 26th through Rough Trade Records.

    The upcoming effort follows up 2015’s Before We Forgot How To Dream, which earned the Northern Irish artist a prestigious Mercury Music Prize nomination (one of the youngest acts to receive such a nod). It also comes after her 2014 Blud EP, the first project to be put out by CHVRCHES’ own Goodbye Records label, as well as acclaimed festival sets at Primavera Sound and Glastonbury.

    Grim Town is comprised of 14 tracks that touch on the topics of “long-distance love, depression, divorce, and social anxiety to the changing modern landscape (sexually, politically, emotionally),” according to a press statement. Binding all the songs together is a central premise of “a dystopia that I’ve created in my brain: me on the inside, processed into a pretend location,” explains SOAK, born Bridie Monds-Watson. The 22-year-old elaborated further:

    “The way I could wrap my head around a lot of what I was going through was to make it feel like something quite physical and real. Once I had the idea of the album being an actual location, exploring the dynamics of this town and what it would look or sound like felt like the right way to give my mental state a personality.”

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    Our first visit to Grim Town comes in the form of “Knock Me Off My Feet”. The snappy lead single is said to be a “love letter” to small-town culture and the idea that we ourselves can be our best allies and our worst enemies.

    Check it out below via its official music video.

    Grim Town Tracklist:
    01. All Aboard
    02. Get Set Go Kid
    03. Everybody Loves You
    04. Knock Me Off My Feet
    05. Maybe
    06. Fall Asleep, Backseat
    07. Crying Your Eyes Out
    08. I Was Blue, Technicolour Too
    09. Deja Vu
    10. Scrapyard
    11. Valentine Schmalentine
    12. YBFTBYT
    13. Life Trainee
    14. Missed Calls

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    Later this month, SOAK will head out on a tour of North America and Europe.

    SOAK 2019 Tour Dates:
    01/30 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
    02/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
    02/02 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
    02/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
    05/06 – Kendal, UK @ Kendal Library
    05/10 – Manchester, UK @ Band on the Wall
    05/11 – Leeds, UK @ The Wardrobe
    05/12 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
    05/14 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
    05/15 – Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy Oxford
    05/16 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
    05/17 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
    05/19 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
    05/20 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
    05/22 – Hamburg, DE @ Prinzebar
    05/23 – Berlin, DE @ Privatclub
    05/24 – Cologne, DE @ Artheater
    05/28 – Cork, IE @ Live at St. Lukes
    05/29 – Limerick, IE @ Dolans
    05/30 – Dublin, IE @ Button Factory
    05/31 – Derry, UK @ The Glassworks

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