SOAK aka Bridie Monds-Watson has today released her take on the British Holiday classic Driving Home For Christmas. Originally by Chris Rea, the cover version sees out 2018 for SOAK who will be performing a run of intimate U.S. shows in early 2019. The shows will feature new material performed with a full band. The short tour, which follows a sold out run of UK dates in November, begins at NYC’s Mercury Lounge on January 30th before wrapping up at Los Angeles’ Moroccan Lounge on February 5th.
SOAK’s Christmas cover follows the mid-October release of her new track Everybody Loves You via Rough Trade Records. Her first new material since 2015’s critically-acclaimed debut album Before We Forgot How To Dream, the track was also featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast. Hailed as a “striking return” by CLASH, Everybody Loves You earned additional praise from Stereogum, Under the Radar (‘Best Songs of the Week’), KEXP, The Line of Best Fit, Brooklyn Vegan, and more. SOAK performed the song — which also debuted as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’ on BBC Radio 1 — on Ireland’s The Late Late Show in October.
A prodigal young talent, Monds-Watson began her musical journey as SOAK at age 14 when she first wrote breakout track Sea Creatures. Taking her time to develop her craft and complete school, SOAK signed to Rough Trade Records at 18, which released Before We Forgot How To Dream. One of the Mercury Prize’s youngest-ever nominees, the record earned her praise from The New York Times,The Los Angeles Times, New Yorker, NPR Music, Noisey, NYLON, Bust, The Guardian, NME, and more. SOAK also performed on Later With Jools Holland and won the prestigious Choice Music Prize for Album of the Year, the Northern Irish Music Prize, and the European Border Breaker Award.
With Driving Home For Christmas wrapping up a busy 2018 for SOAK, next year will see the release of her much-anticipated second album.
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