[20 May 2010]
From the moment the first piano keys reverberate on Soap & Skin’s “Thanatos”, you know you are in for a spellbinding ride. She introduces herself with a whisper, slowly lulling you into her spell, before shattering any preconceived notions you have of her with the wailing force of a Banshee. Any emerging female solo artist of her stature will immediately bring up comparisons of PJ Harvey, Björk, Kate Bush, and Nico. I will do the obvious and compare Soap & Skin to Nico and Björk for very good reasons, rather than from an unimaginative knowledge of female artists. She shares Björk’s inclination for experimentation with both electronic and organic sounds, while she can also powerfully hit the consummate depths of Nico’s vocal register. Born Anja Plaschg, this Austrian enigma has recently only turned 20 but has already built a reputable niche for herself in Europe and it will be just a matter of time before she’ll cross the Atlantic.