Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Soap&Skin: Lovetune for Vacuum

Artist: Soap&Skin
Album: Lovetune for Vacuum
Date Released: March 16, 2009
Genre: sadcore, singer/songwriter, alternative
Rating: 7.6

Review: Soap&Skin, the Austrian wunderkind also known as Anja Plaschg, intertwines multi-generational influences like Nico and Kate Bush along with more contemporary arists like Bjork, Cat Power, Sigur Ros, Aphex Twin and Autechre. The music is nearly impossible to describe -- suffice to say that it's powerful, bold and highly original.

On "Thanatos," Plaschg rhythmically pounds the piano while her richly layered vocals drive the piece forward. And then on the following track, "Extinguish Me," the violence of the piano is replaced by gentle string arrangements and a buzzing accordian. Each track stands out on its own, seemingly unrelated to the other, but ultimately they comprise a coherent and rewarding whole.

Soap&Skin is definitely an artist to watch.

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