SOAK is 17 year-old openly lesbian singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson.
Bridie is close to her family: she came out to her parents at 14 – and doesn’t think that was particularly young, or particularly old, or particularly interesting at all. She is private about the individual dramas that inspired her songs, but you suspect that’s because she wants to protect old school friends (she is now studying an extended diploma in music at a higher education college in Derry, though, having just been signed to Warner Bros, it remains to be seen whether she’ll need to complete it).
I’m reminded of Mazzy Star’s Fade Into You. It’s a good thing.