We were introduced to the young singer/songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson, better known as SOAK, through the touching single “Blud,” her debut on Chvrches’ label Goodbye Records. The band responded with obvious approval to their protégé (and first signee) by releasing a blown-up synth pop remix that immediately showed how well Monds-Watson’s voice could work in that kind of setting. Now SOAK has returned the compliment to Chvrches by doing the same with the single that sparked their meteoric rise in the first place. SOAK’s gentle acoustic re-imagining of “The Mother We Share” strips the song of its towering, neon synth hooks leaving only the raw fragility of the lyrics, completely exposing their vulnerability. Her unique voice and the source material were enough to demand a listen, but that fact that she makes you see one of 2013’s best pop songs in a completely new light adds further proof that SOAK is on her way to becoming something very special.
The Blud EP is out now via Goodbye Records.