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Austria (2008 – present)

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 Sergei Rachmaninoff 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 aus 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.

In 2010 her song “Mr Gaunt Pt 1000” was used in the television commercial for Ford’s Mondeo. In the 2010 French film “Mes chères études” (also known as “Student Services”), the song titled “The Sun” plays during the credits. Her tracks ‘Brother of Sleep’ and ‘Marche Funèbre’ were used in the soundtrack for Universal Pictures thriller ‘War Games: At the End of the Day’ in 2010.

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  • cellarstella

    Thank you, @RainyWoods! I do need something to help me wait.

    2 hours ago Reply
  • Blaine_The_Mono

    such amazing, so dark

    13 Jul 8:27pm Reply
  • RainyWoods

    Just a heads up to you guys about an artist i've just discovered that I think you may appreciate. It's incredibly hard to find anyone alive who's music is able to touch me in a similar way that Anja's does. Lisa Morgenstern comes very close though. Listen to her songs "Lieber Tod", "My Room" and the instrumental piece "Under Water". The music is exceptional, achingly beautiful stuff. Her voice is powerful and dark, perhaps not as otherworldly in tone as Anja's but there are still moments of dissonance. On some songs her vocals can come across as slightly theatrical (dare I say inflected) but it's something I was easily able to look past as the music overwhelmed me. I think she's a great artist to check out whilst we try to patiently wait for Anja to release something new. Lisa's debut album "Amphibian" is well worth a try for any Soap&Skin fan.

    9 Jul 1:07pm Reply
  • wariat-jestem

    Wait, what? Her vocal is such amazing. It's so mysterious and dark. There is not many artists like her.

    30 Jun 1:51am Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    I love instrumentals but I don't really like her vocals... But instrumentals are really really good.

    21 Jun 11:45am Reply
  • Leyden

    just you ;)

    20 Jun 3:26pm Reply
  • Tahula

    Does she look like Jessica Alba for real or is that just me?

    19 Jun 4:33pm Reply
  • AliceGetWasted

    Грустно, дождливо, неспокойно, эмоционально, депрессивно, мрачно и красиво одновременно, загадочно, неопределенные эмоции... [2]

    26 May 4:13pm Reply
  • mygiftofsilence

    Some lo-fi psysho-folk depressive piano sweetness with female vocals, you might find it interesting http://lullabiesforophelia.bandcamp.com/

    26 May 4:10pm Reply
  • Jeff_moose

    http://www.lastfm.ru/music/Soap&Skin/+images/71027858 beautiful. better than any HQ. :)

    20 May 11:22pm Reply
  • Alex2434

    Wann kommt da mal ein neues Album raus?

    15 May 8:49am Reply
  • EU8088

    Praying for new music from her this year

    13 May 6:53am Reply
  • cabfedhig

    'The day this very special soul releases new music is the only day I long for. Discovering her changed everything for me a few years ago. All I was looking for was sincerity and I found it, the most achingly beautiful songs. No one else alive i've heard comes close to Anja.' -- yes, yes, yes, yes!

    9 May 6:03am Reply
  • SoporAeternus-

    Me & the Devil <3

    28 Apr 12:40am Reply
  • Nigdyezemska

    HQ version of the main pic: http://www.last.fm/music/Soap&Skin/+images/98517129

    26 Apr 9:13am Reply
  • pianomusicbox

    ˅ she's so perfect

    19 Apr 8:43pm Reply
  • squeezeyou

    bu! http://24.media.tumblr.com/de650ec42f56326b7553560813f714e1/tumblr_n3q735Ssrx1r6sxfio1_1280.jpg

    14 Apr 5:52pm Reply
  • DemonaDeLonge

    felicem diem natalem tibi <3

    4 Apr 10:15pm Reply
  • Tuberkulloosi

    She's amazing.

    30 Mar 8:37am Reply
  • Actually_GIOS

    it seems like she gives all making music, every fucking piece of music she creates it's lovely

    29 Mar 1:13am Reply
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