SOAP & SKIN
Austrian musician’s third album moves through unusual states.
Six years has passed since Anja Plaschg released her last album Narrow, yet that hiatus (taken for motherhood, acting and regrouping after her profile rocketed in Austria) has done nothing to damage her ability to generate intrigue and disturbance. This album sounds both glintingly modern and disconcertingly out of time, the gothic organ of Falling splintered with sharp electronic bleeps, (This Is) Water an intense choral wave. Yet Plashg’s key gift is for brilliant art-pop: Italy sounds like Swedish folk singer Stina Nordenstam arranged by outré electronic composer Anna Meredith, while Surrounded is one sequinned dress away from the next Bond theme. High drama in every molecule. VICTORIA SEGAL Listen To: Italy | Surrounded