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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

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