Album review: Soap & Skin

Lovetune For Vacuum

Who knows what growing up on a pig farm in an Austrian village does to the creative psyche, but musicologists might want to use Anja Plaschg’s debut as research material, for this talented 18-year-old lays her soul bare throughout ‘Lovetune For Vacuum’. Her arrangements of icily rolling piano, violin and sudden, jarring fizzes of electronics recall Nico’s work after ‘Chelsea Girl’, when she crept dark corridors in the company of John Cale, while graves, gore and weeds darken Plaschg’s confessional lyricism. Nevertheless, she avoids the trap of presenting us with an exercise in self-loathing; this is a brutal dissection of love and innocence crushed. From among Teutonic swine, a dark and clouded pearl emerges.

Luke Turner

More on this artist:

Soap And Skin NME Artist Page

Soap & Skin MySpace

8 / 10

Share This

More Reviews

Jamie T - 'Trick' Review

Jamie T’s second album in two years is a punk, rap, pop and hardcore tour de force


'Julieta' - Film Review

Another gripping Pedro Almodóvar mystery, full of vibrant visuals and emotional revelations

Connect With Us
This Week's Magazine