Sometimes it’s hard to remember that Bridie Monds-Watson is only 18 years old. The teenage singer-songwriter is gearing up to release her debut album, and in the process traveled to America to perform for the first time. I saw her do “Blud” for her first technical stateside performance — at the illustrious Beggars Group offices in Manhattan — where she explained that the song was about hearing her parents fight through the ceiling and wishing she could fix their pain. While this is a sentiment most kids have probably experienced, few of them can address it with the kind of poignant clarity that she’s managed on this song. So if listening to Soak makes it easy to forget her youth, this video highlights it, juxtaposing her performances and scenes from her musical career with moments of actual play. The video was created by Charlie Rotberg, who took footage from her tour of skate parks in the UK and other trips to show that empty pizza boxes and dance parties are just as important as her time in the spotlight. Watch it below and check out her brief US tour dates.
07/06 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
07/08 San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
07/10 Boston, MA @ Middle East (Upstairs)
07/11 Philadelphia, PA @ TBC
07/12 Washington, DC @ DC9
07/14 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
Before We Forgot How To Dream will be out on 6/1 via Rough Trade.