Soak is back with beautiful new single 'Everybody Loves You', which is available now on Rough Trade Records. Bridie has also confirmed a handful of intimate live shows for next month, including a London show at Omeara on November 29. Still just 22 years old, 'Everybody Loves You' may firmly shake off any shackles of the skating teenage tomboy who first introduced herself with the timeless 'Sea Creatures', but it retains that alchemy of old-soul wisdom and youthful positivity which are quintessentially Soak's own.
'Everybody Loves You' is the first sight of new Soak material since 2015's critically-acclaimed debut album, Before We Forgot How To Dream. One of the Mercury Prize's youngest ever nominees, the record also won the prestigious Choice Music Prize for Album of the Year, the Northern Irish Music Prize, saw Soak shortlisted for a Q Award ('Best New Act'), as well as taking home the European Border Breaker Award. With extensive global touring along the way - and extreme experiences which have taken her far beyond (but often back to) her close-knit hometown of Derry - Bridie has been hard at work on her forthcoming second album, which will see a release next year.
'Everybody Loves You' offers a window into the tightly-constructed world of Soak's second record, and also an unflinchingly-honest portrait of where Bridie (and, indeed, many of her generation who love easily, but struggle to love themselves) now arrive. Here is an artist often hypothesising over the future whilst simultaneously looking back to the past for answers to The Big Questions - on what happens next, when you have supposedly grown up and moved on; on how possible true change (internal, external) ever really is; and, perhaps, remembering those things that matter and you take with you always, as you embark on another adventure.
November 26th - Belfast, Oh Yeah
November 27th - Dublin, The Grand Social
November 28th - Manchester, Jimmy’s NQ
November 29th - London, Omeara