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On “Grim Town,” SOAK Confronts The Dark Haze Of Growing Up

by BUST Magazine

Grim Town
(Rough Trade)

Bridie Monds-Watson, known musically as SOAK, blazed into our hearts with her Mercury Prize-nominated debut in 2015. And if this album is any indication, we’ll just leave a permanent space for her there. Steeped in youth and fear, restlessness and optimism, Grim Town uses a bright pop palette to unpack the cool, dark haze of being a 20-something going everywhere and nowhere, all at once. Whether it’s the atmospheric waves of “Get Set Go Kid” or the bittersweet shine of “Maybe” and “Deja Vu,” Monds-Watson taps perfectly into that claustrophobic need to both confront the pain and dance it away, and we’re here for every step. 5/5

By Mollie Wells

Grim Town was released April 26, 2019. This article originally appeared in the March/April 2019 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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