Soap & Skin
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Most recent release, Narrow (2012)
Nico, Stina Nordenstam, Bat for Lashes
Quirky and moody, it's a little surprising—or is it?—that Soap&Skin is the work of one young woman, Anja Plaschg. It's such an individual vision it's hard to imagine it being the product of a group but sophisticated so that it's hard to imagine it's one woman alone. This is dreamy, haunting music but with an edge. (Neile)
Recommended first album:
Lovetune For Vacuum is the only one we've heard
Recommended for fans of the defiantly individual
Anja Plaschg—vocals, piano, etc.
Florian Eggner—cello (1, 4)
Speaking of hard to believe, apparently this was recorded when Anja Plaschg was still a teenager and she did it almost entirely herself. Hard to imagine a more sophisticated teenager with a stronger sense of her own vision. This has an astonishing assurance. That said, it's an album full of hauntings, hesistancies, pushes. Part melodic and part anti-melody. (Neile)
A demanding, surprising, and rewarding album. I think what I find difficult to describe about it is what makes me love it so much. Dark, haunting, occasionally industrial... always interesting and very original with shades of Bat for Lashes. I find this more accessible and enjoyable than Lovetune For Vacuum. (JoAnn Whetsell)
Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.
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