Bridie Monds-Watson, aka SOAK, has announced their third album If I Never Know You Like This Again. To be released by Rough Trade Records on May 20th, 2022, the announcement arrives alongside the the release of new track ‘last july’ – the accompanying video was shot by Ellius Grace, and stars Bridie and their partner. If I Never… is the follow up to 2019’s Grim Town and SOAK’s Mercury-nominated 2015 debut album Before We Forgot How to Dream.
SOAK’s Bridie Monds-Watson (they/them) has incessantly documented their life in photos and video from a young age. “I hate the idea of getting older and forgetting, or having a family and not being able to perfectly explain a memory or a feeling. I always want to remember exactly how I felt at a certain moment,” they explain. It makes perfect sense then that If I Never Know You Like This Again is made up of what Bridie calls “song-memories”. Having written much of the new album during the pandemic, when time felt at its slowest, Bridie‘s obsessive need to document each chapter of their life made a marvel of the mundane.