Review: Before We Forgot How To Dream by Soak

Before We Forget How To Dream by SoakYou might have first heard Soak through “Sea Creatures”, so far her breakout single. That song tells you all you need to know about Bridie Monts-Watson: an introspection relayed through color and a bit of twee. That song was written when she was 14, and most of the songs on her debut record, Before We Forgot How To Dream, were written at around the same time. Thus, the collection’s feel: of a woman digging deep into her thoughts, writing them down, not really sure if they should see the light of day or remain as mere scribbles in her notebook. That supplies most of the record’s charm: lyrics suggesting a headstrong perspective still peppered with vulnerability and a sense of uncertainty, arrangements mostly dwelling on a technicolor chill, but sometimes breaking out into something more upbeat (as in “Garden”). Before We Forget How To Dream is a mood record, a peek inside something you don’t often get to peek at, and the result is fascinating and, perhaps, entrancing. [NB] | 4/5

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