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Today could pretty much be the bleakest day since records began. It’s almost pitch black outside, so much cloud you’d think it was going out of fashion and it’s drizzling. Great. Perfect conditions though for a serious young lady like Anja Plaschg a.k.a Soap and Skin. The A side is full to the brim of impending doom, huge terrifying chords cascade down like anvils, people are screaming as if some horrific thing has occurred, like piranhas coming out of the bath taps and chewing each morsel of your body til only your head is left. Why aren’t piranhas feared as much as they were in the ‘70s?
Anyway amongst all the doom she has a really nice voice, it’s husky and deep. On the flip she leaves the clanking at home and hollers along to some lovely violin accompaniment, it’s somewhere between Patrick Wolf and Zola Jesus...and a lot of Nico. It’s actually a Robert Johnson cover and according to the sleeve notes his middle name is Leroy. Never knew that. Anyway it’s a brilliant interpretation...very...European. The final track is an upbeat rendition of Whigfield’s ‘Saturday Night’...no it isn’t, it’s a maudlin piano ballad sounding somewhat like how Bat For Lashes would sound just after she’s read the sales figures from her latest album. Totally lovely, and quite soothing actually.
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