Boomkat Product Review:
Austria's most talented - and seemingly tormented - dark pop auteur, Anja Plaschg, aka Soap & Skin follows up her striking debut album 'Lovetune For Vacuum' with a more mature, dramatic missive entitled 'Narrow'. By the sounds of it, the world still weighs heavy on her, and greatly to our advantage. Her vocals - alternately sung in Austrian German, French and English - have continued to develop an arresting richness, albeit pocked with a cracked vulnerability, while her grand compositional ideas are confidently matched by bold, but restrained, production streaked with flashes of Industrial influence. She allows only select outsiders to infiltrate her gesamstkunstwerk, among them a 12-part choir lead by her sister, Evelyn Plaschg and featuring Sascha Ring aka Apparat, on the masterfully restrained 'Wonder'; Project: Mooncircle producer Georg Janosievics credited with Electronics on the Björk-like 'Boat Turns Toward The Port'; veteran French song-writers Dominique Albert Dubois and Jean-Michel Franck Rivat on 'Voyage Voyage'; and, to an extent, Franz Schubert, whose 'Sehnsuchtswalzer' is sampled on 'Lost'. But ultimately, it's the powerful character of Anja Plaschg, Soap&Skin, who will be staring at you from the front cover.