Boomkat Product Review:
Eighteen-year old Austrian chanteuse Anja Plaschg makes a startling debut with this set of complex, often very maudlin goth-folk experiments. As you can see from her cover photo, Plaschg has a bit of a Tess Of The D'Urbervilles vibe to her, and based on this image and the presence of ghostly ballads like 'Extinguish Me' and 'Sleep' it would be all too easy to start suggesting she's a European equivalent of Marissa Nadler, but far from it, tracks like 'Turbine Womb' and the wonderful 'Marche Funebre' are far more experimental, bringing to mind a cross-pollination of Antony & The Johnsons' most sonically ambitious material and the electronic carve-ups of AGF. 'Cry Wolf' supplies another clearcut highlight, casting abstract, clockwork percussion alongside piano and woodwind, while the vocals howl in a fashion that's every bit as lupine as the title would suggest. Highly recommended.