Out Now: SOAK – If I Never Know You Like This Again

SOAK, aka singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson, releases their new album If I Never Know You Like This Again. Alongside the release comes the lyric video and an intimate acoustic version for the final single from the record, ‘Swear Jar’. Watch below!

‘Swear Jar’ deals with depression and the breakdown of a relationship. “I felt so disconnected from myself and life that I was starting to question if I’d ever truly been present or if I’d always been on autopilot,”  Bridie explains of the inspiration behind the song. 

If I Never… is the follow up to 2019’s Grim Town and SOAK’s Mercury-nominated 2015 debut Before We Forgot How to Dream. Previous SOAK albums had either been recorded remotely or by just two people, but If I Never… sees all the members of SOAK in the studio simultaneously. After being away from each other for the majority of the pandemic, it was important to create the record as a band, and the joyful energy of having everyone in the same room again is palpable. 

SOAK manages to be both playful and self-aware. The idea of identity is central to the record, and Bridie’s lyrics are as deeply personal as they are universal. “This record is the most accurate picture of me. I felt no pressure at all, it was almost like I was ranting as I was writing,” they explain.“When I was looking to the past, it was as though I had a big lottery ball of all my recent memories and I would just randomly select which one I wanted to unpack. It helped me to process my past.” Tapping into their specific experiences, the result is a record that is deeply relatable and sparkling, as it traverses the ups and downs of their journey to become a fully realised person.

Listen / purchase If I Never Know You Like This Again here.

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