Derry artist Soak has just been confirmed as one of the nominees for the prestigious Mercury Prize 2015.
The artist (aka Bridie Monds-Watson) has been shortlisted for her album ‘Before We Forgot How To Dream’.
She is one of 12 artists selected and her album will now go forward with musical masterworks from, among others, fellow Irish artist Róisín Murphy, Florence And The Machine, Aphex Twin and Gaz Coombes.
The remaining artists whose work has made the cut are: Slaves; Jamie xx; Benjamin Clementine; Ghostpoet; Eska; Duncan and Wolf Alice.
The Mercury Prize, formerly known as the ‘Mercury Music Prize’ is an annual award for the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Soak’s star has shot up in a relatively short period of time, and was chosen to star in the Sons and Daughters opening concert for Derry’s City of Culture year.
She later went on to perform on the Late Late Show, and at Other Voices and Glastonbury festivals.
Reviewing Soak’s album previously for the Guardian newspaper, Tshepo Mokoena said: “The Derry singer’s cocooning, husky voice sounds as delicately expressive as always.... the finger-picked acoustic-guitar lines and wistful melodies that first won her attention during her Other Voices festival performance in 2013 are bolstered with tinkling piano and occasional strings.... a fine showing for a young artist.”
A fine showing for a young artist.Music critic Tshepo Mokoena