words and photos by Joe Cortez
"It's good to be in LA, I feel like Hannah Montana."
It's not often you find LA audiences captivated with rapt attention for a single song much less an entire set. Maybe it was out of respect for the young Bridie Monds-Watson (aka SOAK.) but I have a feeling the silence felt during each moment of SOAK.'s hour long set at The Echo this past Monday night was held out of sheer wonder and amazement for this very special and unique artist's raw ability to convey pure emotion through song.
Currently touring the states in support of her debut long player, "Before We Forgot How To Dream," (available now via Rough Trade Records) SOAK. has earned much attention and a growing fanbase for her confessional and insightful songwriting. I was quickly won over after giving her album a listen and, after seeing her live, completely taken with the promising artist's control of her own faculties as a performer and unguarded and at times very funny candor with the audience.
Performing solo, accompanying herself on the guitar, the textured production found on her debut LP gave way to quiet nuance that lent her intimate tales of heartache and woe an even deeper sense of longing. And that voice.
Photos from last night's show, also featuring opener Bouquet, are below. For more on SOAK. including upcoming US tour dates, be sure to visit soakmusic.co.uk and follow @Soakofficial on Twitter. She's definitely one to keep an eye on.
SOAK. at The Echo Photo Gallery
Bouquet at The Echo Photo Gallery