SOAK—aka Derry, Ireland’s Bridie Monds-Watson—today released her tender solo rendition of The National’s “Bloodbuzz Ohio,” from their 2010 LP High Violet. “Bloodbuzz Ohio” is SOAK’s second cover this year, following her take on Sleater-Kinney’s “Modern Girl.”
“Matt Berninger is one of my favorite lyricists,” says Monds-Watson. “There’s something so special about the imagery The National manages to create within their music and I often catch myself imagining each song as its own movie trailer. I love the manic world this song creates.”
SOAK’s latest album Grim Town, released in April via Rough Trade Records, saw the young talent make her national TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers and earned her glowing reviews and coverage from Pitchfork, The Guardian (4/5 stars), BUST (5/5), NPR Music, Queery, Under the Radar (8/10 stars), The Line of Best Fit (8/10), AllMusic (4/5 stars), Exclaim!, and more. SOAK has toured the US, UK, and EU in support of Grim Town, including festival debuts at Bonnaroo and Glastonbury.
Grim Town follows the success of SOAK’s multi-prize-winning 2015 debut album Before We Forgot How To Dream, and an extraordinary period of invention and self-discovery for the still just 23-year-old artist. If Before We Forgot How To Dream was conceived as a time-capsule of innocence, vividly capturing those moments in adolescence when anything felt possible, Grim Town perhaps examines the reality of what happens next, after you enter adulthood (but actually feel more in crisis than ever), and the world around you isn’t what was promised to you or your generation.