Still a teenager, Austrian vocalist and pianist Anja Plaschg
debuted her project Soap And Skin on
Lovetune For Vacuum (PIAS, 2009).
These piano lieder mainly exploit the
melodramatic skills of the vocalist, capable of alternating ecstatic melisma
and whispered laments. Consequently the mood ranges from the
solemn, philosophical Sleep to the childish, bouncing Spiracle.
The accordion-driven elegy Cry Wolf, however, achieves an
She is at her most virile in the
She is at her most sentimental in the
tender lullaby Extinguish Me (with a piano melody reminiscent of Beethoven's Pathetique) and in the ethereal Brother Of Sleep
(lulled by a nostalgic piano carillon and dreamy strings).
Her singing is pictorial, cinematic and psychological. It tells a story in
many different ways. But she does even better when she doesn't sing: the
fairy-tale instrumental Turbine Womb is a concentrate of mystery and
DDMMYYYY is an audio sculpture of digital polyrhythms.
It's the (digital) arrangements that turn Fall Foliage into a symphonic nightmare.
It's the combination of Enya-esque vocals
and a cello-driven chamber ensemble that turns Marche Funebre into
a metaphysical poem.
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