Live Video: SOAK

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Unlike a lot of teenagers out there, 19-year-old Bridie Monds-Watson, a.k.a. SOAK, seems to handle success with a modest and casual confidence. Her career has taken off rather 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 just last June. Her success isn't hard to understand, though. There's a quality to her raspy, yet delicate voice that emotes wisdom well beyond her years. To a universal audience, her voice able to convey so many emotions at once  - vulnerability, earnestness, sadness, hunger. SOAK takes us to another place with her expressive, poetic lyrics, filling the room with raw, stripped back renditions of songs from her debut album, Before We Forgot How To Dream (released this year on Rough Trade Records). For someone who wrote a song called "B a NoBody," SOAK is definitely somebody now. Check out her recent session live in the KEXP studio, below:

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