SOAK made her San Francisco debut last week at the Swedish American Hall. Straight from the UK, by way of LA, she took to the stage with a sweetly shy presence, self-admittedly jetlagged and clad in all black. Throughout the night she cooed her soft melodies to a mixed audience of local and international guests. The seated show, low lighting and beautiful Swedish architecture provided the perfect setting for a night of SOAK’s warm yet broody lyrics.
Being only 19 years old, SOAK carried a voice and delivered lyrics both well beyond but also very much true to her years. She sang soulful songs from her LP, Before We Forgot How to Dream, which includes recent singles as well as songs she had written years ago. In between songs she told anecdotes of her songs’ origins as well as her excitement to be in America again and how it reminded her of growing up on the Disney channel. Her stories were thoughtful, provided context to her lyrics and shined light on her youth.
Charming and endearing, SOAK held the crowd captive in a dreamy state throughout the night. The audience traveled with her along a relatable journey of the frustrations of youth, growing up in Ireland and the emotional inconsistencies of being a teenager.