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Soap & Skin Explores Impermanence

Soap & Skin Explores Impermanence
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Some careers in rock music scene happen in ways that even some writers could not imagine. The Austrian Anja Plaschg started in a little village when she was discovered by Lenny Kravitz by chance and created a world career. Today she is known under the pseudonym Soap & Skin. When it comes to her music, the public is unsure whether it is a shy artist or is all just a pose. But apart from that, the singer has long since proven that she is an independent artist.

The common thread running through her musical work is transience. She sang about her father’s death on her debut album, but now she is a mother herself. That changed their approach a little. Because her third and so far last album sounded a little warmer, now it is no longer so morbid. In the meantime, something like hope even flashes between her texts. The fear has lessened, and redemption suddenly seems to be possible. The shy artist has found something like access to the world in the meantime.

That also affected the sound of the record. It sounds more organic and less electronic than in the first two works. The musical spectrum has become broader. The piano still dominates, but several acoustic instruments are supported, such as the trumpet, flugelhorn, and organ. What sounds like a chamber orchestra are just samples. Soap & Skin cut them into tiny individual parts like a scalpel, only to put them back together afterwards. So she creates a perfect illusion of an orchestra. She works this illusion is so artfully that much remains hidden at first. The full splendour of her music only unfolds with time.

Classic Instruments meet Electronic Samples

Today she is considered the most successful artist in the small Alpine republic in the heart of Europe. Soap & Skin tours not only across Europe but worldwide. She grew up in a cow village. When she was born, the doctors diagnosed a hole in her heart. The melancholy but ingenious child prodigy feels drawn to music very early on. She began piano lessons at the age of seven and then learned to play the violin. Classical composers like Rachmaninoff are her main musical influences to this day. When she discovers a music software through her brother, her path is predetermined. Her dark and minimalist songs give you goosebumps. Often they only consist of the piano and the fragile voice of their protagonist. On the other hand, Plaschg uses harsh counterparts. When Lenny Kravitz accidentally discovered her on YouTube, her international career is a done deal.

Classic Instruments meet Electronic Samples
Classic Instruments meet Electronic Samples

The American even takes her on tour. Her music accompanied the groundbreaking TV series Hannibal and secured her place in the charts in numerous countries. Anja Plaschg has also been an actress for around ten years. She generally avoids the light of the public. At benefit concerts for those seeking protection and a tribute to David Bowie, she entered the stage again. At that time she sang together with Anna Calvi at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie