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Grim Town
Rough Trade
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April 26, 2019

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.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 "all aboard" 1:28 Buy
  2. 2 Get Set Go Kid 4:18 Buy

    Get Set Go Kid

  3. 3 Everybody Loves You 3:19 Buy

    Everybody Loves You

  4. 4 Knock Me Off My Feet 3:07 Buy

    Knock Me Off My Feet

  5. 5 Maybe 4:30 Buy
  6. 6 Fall Asleep / Backseat 3:24 Buy

    Fall Asleep / Backseat

  7. 7 Crying Your Eyes Out 3:59 Buy

    Crying Your Eyes Out

  8. 8 I Was Blue, Technicolour Too 3:58 Buy

    I Was Blue, Technicolour Too

  9. 9 Déjà vu 3:11 Buy
  10. 10 Scrapyard 2:44 Buy
  11. 11 Valentine Shmalentine 3:58 Buy

    Valentine Shmalentine

  12. 12 YBFTBYT 2:33 Buy
  13. 13 Life Trainee 3:53 Buy
  14. 14 Missed Calls 5:01 Buy
  15. 15 Nothing Looks the Same 4:04 Buy

    Nothing Looks the Same

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