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SOAK Shares New Song “Country Air”

From the Soundtrack to Children's TV Show Moominvalley

Apr 19, 2019 SOAK Bookmark and Share

SOAK (Northern Ireland singer/songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson) is releasing a new album, Grim Town, on April 26 via Rough Trade. Now she has shared a new song, “Country Air,” but it’s not from her album. Instead it’s from the soundtrack to the Finish/British TV kids show Moominvalley. The show is an adaptation of the Moomin books and comics by writer/illustrator Tove Jansson and her brother Lars Jansson. Listen to “Country Air” below.

Grim Town includes “Everybody Loves You,” which she shared back in October and was one of our Songs of the Week (she also shared a video for the song), and “Knock Me Off My Feet” (which was also one of our Songs of the Week). Then she shared another song from the album, “Valentine Shmalentine,” which also made our Songs of the Week list. Another new song, “Déjà Vu,” followed in March via a video.

Grim Town is SOAK’s second album, the follow-up to 2015’s debut, Before We Forgot How to Dream. Back then she was only 19 years old, now of course she’s older (22) and likely wiser.

In a previous press release, Monds-Watson said that the central premise of Grim Town is “a dystopia that I’ve created in my brain: me on the inside, processed into a pretend location. 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.”

Back in December SOAK also shared a cover of Chris Rea’s “Driving Home for Christmas,” via a video of her performing the song.

Read our 2015 interview with SOAK.

SOAK Tour Dates:

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, Belgium @ Botanique - Rotonde
05/20 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Bitterzoet
05/22 - Hamburg, Germany @ Prinzebar
05/23 - Berlin, Germany @ Privatclub
05/24 - Cologne, Germany @ 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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