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Grim Town
Artist
SOAK
ReleaseProduct
Grim Town
Label
Rough Trade
Catalogue Number
RT0039DA
Release Date
April 2019
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SOAK returns after four years with a new album, bringing with her four years’ worth of growth, introspection and understanding. The result is ‘Grim Town’, the follow-up to her Mercury Music Prize- nominated debut ‘Before We Forgot How To Dream’, which saw her win the prestigious Choice Music Prize for Album Of The Year, the Northern Irish Music Prize and the European Border Breaker Award, in addition to being shortlisted for a Q Award.

Her astonishingly assured, emotionally mature songwriting was often hailed as wise beyond its years; but, as her new album often asks, when do we ever truly shake off those childlike fears, the imposter- syndrome, the outsider-status? The term ‘to come of age’ lands with so much expectation but with Grim Town, Bridie dissolves all such assuredness with imaginative, ambitious and cathartic results. It is almost as though the greater soundscape - heavier in places, more pop-focused in others - has given SOAK the confidence to put her long overdue introspections in the firing line.

Its beauty and brutality is there from the album opener, ‘Get Set Go Kid’, which traces the train-tracks out of depression (“I’ve got to get out, I can’t live here anymore!”) and was as inspired by the audio-visual environmentalism of Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ as Bridie’s train-obsessed grandad on voiceover duties.

Available to independent retailers on double vinyl with bonus 7” featuring exclusive tracks.

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  1. 1 "all aboard" 1:28 SOAK Buy
  2. 2 Get Set Go Kid 4:18 SOAK Buy
  3. 3 Everybody Loves You 3:19 SOAK Buy
  4. 4 Knock Me Off My Feet 3:07 SOAK Buy
  5. 5 Maybe 4:30 SOAK Buy
  6. 6 Fall Asleep / Backseat 3:24 SOAK Buy
  7. 7 Crying Your Eyes Out 3:59 SOAK Buy
  8. 8 I Was Blue, Technicolour Too 3:58 SOAK Buy
  9. 9 Déjà vu 3:11 SOAK Buy
  10. 10 Scrapyard 2:44 SOAK Buy
  11. 11 Valentine Shmalentine 3:58 SOAK Buy
  12. 12 YBFTBYT 2:33 SOAK Buy
  13. 13 Life Trainee 3:53 SOAK Buy
  14. 14 Missed Calls 5:01 SOAK Buy
  15. 15 Nothing Looks the Same 4:04 SOAK Buy

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