Soak, Rasplyn, Quinn Tsan | Hideout | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Soak, Rasplyn, Quinn Tsan Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Aug. 1, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $10
The lyrics from her recent debut album, Before We Forgot How to Dream (Rough Trade), make it clear that 19-year-old Birdie Monds-Watsonis is clinging to the end of her teenage years. On “B a Nobody” the Derry, Ireland, native warbles “A teenage heart / Is an unguided dart,” while on “Reckless Behavior” she insists “When you’re young and reckless / You should not be stopped.” She and producer Tommy Mclaughlin played nearly every instrument on the album, which chronicles adolescent pain and social cruelty with impressive clarity, the sweet melodies serving as a balm rather than evoking the frustration the words express. Monds-Watson has a tender, melodious delivery thick with an Irish accent that makes her sound either like she has a lisp or wishes she were Bjork, but for now it adds to her charm: the album’s meditative, honeyed folk-pop is nicely punctured by her street urchin-like enunciation. —Peter Margasak

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