- Audio CD (13 April 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: [PIAS] Recordings
- ASIN: B001R4UOWW
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Lovetune For Vacuum
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Enough about me. I came across Soap&Skin quite by chance( just surfing the net ,a good way to discover new music I have discovered) but feel I was fated to hear this music. It is quite breath taking in it's complexity and it's off kilter approach to song writing. It is quite difficult to describe without resorting solely to the metaphorical but I will try. Plaschg is a talented pianist and the piano is the central instrument for most of these songs .These are not however your average torch ballads( though there is an element of that in them ) Each song is an idiosyncratic mini drama of it's own though there is also a jarring juxtaposition of the conventional instruments with non-natural sounds- very much like Scott Walker on his last album The Drift.
"Fall Foliage" sounds like in been recorded in a games arcade with it's rasping bleeps and whooshing sounds. "Sleep ,"Cry Wolf" and Turbine Womb" have a weird clicking sound ,like an insect on amphetamines cleaning itself . "Ddmmyyyy" has the raspy bellows like breathing of some vast entity over pitter patters of electronic percussion and strangulated synths- the soundtrack to a nightmare which given some panicky vocals late is further confirmed.Read more ›
Once in a while a new artist springs into the listening
world fully-formed and spitting out sweet, sweet fire!
Anja Plaschg is one such creature.
She is young, bursting with vision
and from this moment on unignorable.
Her debut 'Lovetune For Vacuum' is a work of stunning sonic
maturity given that she has been on the planet for not quite
twenty years. The music inhabits some strange and dark places;
unremittingly bleak yet singularly enchanting.
The arrangements bristle with elusive and ambiguous emotion.
Ms Plaschg's skill at giving life to the sounds in her head
point to a finely-honed and prodigious musical intelligence.
These thirteen compositions do not give up their heart easily.
Her ephemeral ghost of a voice, elegant piano playing and use
of subtly applied electronics conjure unsettling and elemental
soundscapes into vivid and curiously affecting existence.
Start anywhere in the project and you will be forced to commit
your full attention to the melodramas unfolding before you!
I'll pick just three to tell you about and hope that curiosity will
draw you into listening to and evaluating the album for yourself.
'Fall Foliage' is a graceful but deeply disturbing construction
shot through with half-heard voices and crackling percussion.
Inconclusive and maddeningly, tantalisingly beautiful.
'Spiracle' is a nighmarish evocation of physical
and emotional disintegration. Absolutely terrifying.
One might hope that a song entitled 'The Sun' would let
a little warmth and light into the landscape but this
savage star only has the capacity to blister and burn.
Listening to the album in one sitting is an overwhelming experience.
Radical. Apocalyptic. Unique.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My favourite cd of the moment. Such a haunting voice, such beautiful music. So very contemporary, even my mum couldn't help but enjoy a listen....Published on 11 April 2014 by Holly
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I discovered that artist by chance (thank you Internet :) ). This album is just wonderful. Rather melancholic, sometimes sad, dark, weird, don't expect something ordinary from this... Read morePublished on 8 Jun. 2009 by C. Benjamin
Soap & Skin Is the perfect example of a type of musician who makes music not for the purpose of sales and getting on commercial stations, but purely for the love of experimenting. Read morePublished on 23 May 2009 by Mr. Jamie A. Hobbs