Over the past few weeks, I’ve been using Spotify to discover more and more music artists that I’m finding that I’m really liking.
Today’s discovery is Soap&Skin, with Mr Gaunt Pt 1000 being a particular favourite of mine:
Soap&Skin is the experimental musical project of Austrian artist Anja Plaschg (born 5 April 1990).
Anja Plaschg grew up in a small village called Gnas in south east Styria, where her parents have a farm. She has played piano since she was six. At the age of 14 she began violin studies and developed an interest in electronic music. She attended the Graz Polytechnic for Graphic Design, but dropped out at 16 and moved to Vienna shortly afterwards. There she studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in the master class of Daniel Richter, but at 18 dropped out again.
Musicians like Xiu Xiu, Cat Power, Björk, Nico, Aphex Twin and composers like Sergej Rachmaninow or Arvo Pärt have had a great impact on her music.
After only playing a handful of concerts she was already being dubbed a “Wunderkind” In 2008 she played German singer Nico in the play “Nico – Sphinx auf Eis” by Werner Fritsch in Berlin and Vienna, performing several songs in it, including “Janitor Of Lunacy”, from her first EP.
Her first album, called Lovetune for Vacuum, was released in March 2009. It received excellent reviews and placed in the Austrian Top 10. The album also achieved chart positions in Germany, Belgium and France. Music journalists have already claimed to see in her a new star of Austrian pop. MTV Iggy describes it as music inspired by singer/songwriters like Regina Spektor as well as Electronica mavens like Aphex Twin.