Listen: SOAK – ‘Valentine Shmalentine’

SOAK has unveiled beautiful new track ‘Valentine Shmalentine’. Together with new single ‘Knock Me Off My Feet’ and returning track ‘Everybody Loves You’, ‘Valentine Shmalentine’ is taken from Bridie’s second album Grim Town, out on April 26.

Grim Town follows SOAK’s debut album Before We Forgot How To Dream, and an extraordinary period of invention and self-discovery for the still-just-22-year-old Derry native.

Haunting, atmospheric and brutally honest, Bridie says ‘Valentine Shmalentine’ is “the result of both giving into hallmark and being a dramatic bitch.” It’s a stark highlight from SOAK’s second album Grim Town, a record that takes those most despondent moments (such as a disastrous Valentine’s Day) and ultimately finds hope and humour in them.

A record about getting lost that you can, also, truly get lost in, Grim Town arrives as inspired by the audio-visual environmentalism of Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ as the production of Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene or Phoebe Bridgers.

With unflinching honesty, Bridie tackles everything from long-distance love, depression, divorce and social anxiety to the changing modern landscape. And it’s accepting the jumble of emotions which make you ‘you’ that emerges as the ultimate message of Grim Town, with its suitably placeless universe in which everybody’s personal Grim Town looks different, but everybody’s matters.

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