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09-03-2009
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Soap & Skin
austrian soap & skin heads for big time.

thats what the guardian say:
There are some great female artists making laptop pop at the moment, but even in such company Anja Plaschg stands out. Not that she's one of the current spate of solo synth-girls, although much of her debut album, Lovetune for Vacuum, does find her programming sounds normally the preserve of glitch techno/clicks+cuts musicians or purveyors of IDM (so-called Intelligent Dance Music). The rest of the time she's singing self-penned atmospheric ballads that cry out to be described as eerie, haunting and fragile but are possessed of an almost neo-classical power and grandeur. The lovechild of a Sapphic union between Sinead and Björk, Enya on depressants or a Dead Can Dance for the digital age? Something like that.

Plaschg – who goes by the name of Soap&Skin for her recordings for the fairly incomprehensible reason that "soap and skin are two substances which react on each other in different ways – not only does soap clean skin but it also protects it, and foam is as beautiful as it is vanishing rapidly" – is only 18. She was born in 1990 on a farm in the tiny village of Gnas in the south of Styria, and today lives in Vienna. Her music, a jarring juxtaposition of the delicate and dissonant, has about it such an air of mystery, drama and quiet insanity it's hard to separate the myth-mongering from the truth when it comes to the details of her life, but apparently her parents own a pig farm and the young Plaschg, instead of devoting herself to the joys of pork production, was classically trained in piano and violin while learning to navigate basic sound programmes on the computer from her brother. At 16, she began studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna before uploading some songs to her MySpace, earning the attention of the Berlin underground – specifically, acclaimed techno-punk T Raumschmiere, who got her song Mr Gaunt PT 1000 released on the electronic label ****katapult.

Listening to the disconcertingly gentle tinkle of piano, smudge of violin and Plaschg's old-before-her-time, damaged-child vocals, it's easy to see why the piece will form part of the score to an Austrian horror film called Dead In Three Days. Indeed, hearing the album as a whole, it's not hard to imagine why Plaschg was picked to play Nico in a play, staged late last year in Berlin, about the life (and death) of the legendarily doomed Velvet Underground heroine. Scary, but scarily good.

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i saw her life at the last summers "bock mas" festival in my hometown she is increadibly talented, the sadness in her songs is sometimes maybe a little too depressing...but overall i love her music! and i think i even saw her featured in this months issue of german vogue


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i saw her life at the last summers "bock mas" festival in my hometown she is increadibly talented, the sadness in her songs is sometimes maybe a little too depressing...but overall i love her music! and i think i even saw her featured in this months issue of german vogue
so you are from...hm..timelkam?
i haven´t seen her live yet but she was born around 25km away from my hometown in a city called feldbach.

i really think that she can bring us austrians back on the international music map. it´s a big hype at the moment but her album is such a great piece of music. so she will prevail.

do you have this vogue article? would bei interesting..haven´t found it yet on the internet.

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i love her !

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sirdorian, there is indeed a big hype about her now here in austria! i remember 2 years ago when almost nobody knew who anja plaschg is.
but i am quite happy for her! unfortunately i dont have the vogue article, only saw it on a newsstand

and no, i dont live in timelkam but only about 5 mins away

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oh and you two, i love your country

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oh and you two, i love your country
thanks, thats very kind.

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sirdorian, there is indeed a big hype about her now here in austria! i remember 2 years ago when almost nobody knew who anja plaschg is.
but i am quite happy for her! unfortunately i dont have the vogue article, only saw it on a newsstand

and no, i dont live in timelkam but only about 5 mins away
as a former working bee in the austrian music industry, i´m highly appreciated that she receive this big international attention. the only interesting thing is..that she made it because it´s natural and not like the less interesting austrian plastic pop which is so construced.

i´ve heard her demos a few years ago and I wasn´t into and. i thought that this is so weird and too different at all, but at the end, I was wrong.

by the way, I also think that marlies jagsch and agnes mileswki are a bit underestimated at the moment. i really like their music too.

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Oh, she is amazing. I don't see her as a Nico imitator but a rightful successor. They're both goth-y in a very similar sense--morose... sounding very intense and alone, shrouded in layers of textural black, but always with minimal makeup and very undone hair. (It's a certain look that doesn't work for just anyone.)

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I'm currently extremely obsessed with her and her music

Just got her new album, it's amazing!



myspace.com/soapandskin


I can't find any of the news stuff on YouTube but some of the videos from the previous album are pretty awesome, too.




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One of my favourite artists, glad someone has started a thread! When Lovetune for Vacuum was released I couldn't stop listening. Remember watching an Austrian interview a few months back, she's so humble about her work and so incredibly beautiful.

Her new album Narrow was released this month have yet to listen but I can't wait. Let's hope it has a similar effect on me as her first.

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