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Anja Plaschg, AKA Soap&Skin
Anja Plaschg, AKA Soap&Skin
Background information
Birth nameAnja Franziska Plaschg
Born (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 (age 30)
OriginPoppendorf, Styria, Austria
GenresExperimental, neoclassical dark wave, dark ambient, sadcore, martial industrial
Years active2006-present
LabelsCouch Records
PIAS Recordings
SOLFO Music Edit this at Wikidata

Soap&Skin is the experimental musical project of Austrian artist Anja Plaschg (born 5 April 1990).


Anja Plaschg grew up in a small village called Poppendorf (near Gnas) in south east Styria, where her parents have a farm. She has played piano since she was six. At the age of 14 she began violin studies and developed an interest in electronic music. She attended the Graz Polytechnic for Graphic Design, but dropped out at 16 and moved to Vienna shortly afterwards. There she studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in the master class of Daniel Richter, but at 18 dropped out again.[1][2]

After only playing a handful of concerts she was already being dubbed a "Wunderkind".[3] In 2008 she played German singer Nico in the play "Nico - Sphinx aus Eis" by Werner Fritsch in Berlin and Vienna, performing several songs in it, including "Janitor of Lunacy", from her first EP.[4][5]

Her first album, called Lovetune for Vacuum, was released in March 2009.[6] It received excellent reviews and placed in the Austrian Top 10. The album also achieved chart positions in Germany, Belgium, and France. Music journalists have already claimed to see in her a new star of Austrian pop.[7]

Plaschg's father died in 2009[8][9][10] from a heart attack.[11] During this time, Plaschg stated that she suffered "serious depression"[12] for which she was hospitalized.[12][8] The death influenced much of her second album, Narrow.

In 2010 she won a European Border Breakers Award for her international success.[13]

Her tracks "Brother of Sleep" and "Marche Funèbre" were used in the soundtrack for Universal Pictures thriller War Games: At the End of the Day in 2010.Her track Wonder from the Narrow album was used in Belgium in the year 2019 as audio in the endgeneric of Dramafilm, All of Us produced by Willem Wallyn

In 2011 she created the song "Goodbye" together with Apparat. It was used in the final episode of the fourth season of Breaking Bad and later as the title song of the German Netflix-series Dark.[14][15][16]

In 2012, she debuted as an actress, playing the role of the supporting character Carmen in the Austrian movie Stilleben (English title: Still Life). Two tracks, "Italy" and "Safe with Me" are used in the Italian film Sicilian Ghost Story (2017), written and directed by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza.

Plaschg's third full album, From Gas to Solid / you are my friend, was released on 28 October 2018. A music video for "Heal", one of the tracks from the album, was released on 7 August 2018.


Anja Plaschg at Haldern Pop Festival 2019


  • 2009: Lovetune for Vacuum (Couch Records/PIAS Records) - Austria #5, Germany #47
  • 2012: Narrow (PIAS Records) - Austria #1, Germany #53
  • 2018: From Gas to Solid / You Are My Friend (PIAS Records) - Austria #3, Germany #68, Switzerland #82


  • 2008: Untitled (4-Track-EP) (Couch Records/PIAS Records)
  • 2009: Marche Funèbre (3-Track-EP) (Couch Records/PIAS Records)
  • 2013: Sugarbread (3-Track-EP) (PIAS Records)


  • 2009: Spiracle (7" Vinyl) (Couch Records/PIAS Records) - Austria #45
  • 2009: Mr. Gaunt PT 1000 (Couch Records/PIAS Records) - Austria #60
  • 2009: Cynthia (Couch Records)
  • 2015: Mawal Jamar (SOLFO Music)


  • 2012: Stillleben (Still Life), as Carmen[17]
  • 2016: Die Geträumten (The Dreamed Ones), as Ingeborg Bachmann


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 May 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Eismann, Sonja. "Elektro-Musikerin Soap&Skin: Österreichs Next Wunderkind". Retrieved 10 June 2016 – via
  3. ^ Stromstöße aus purem Jetzt. Der Spiegel Nr.47, 17. November 2008, p. 172.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 May 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "ZUENDER". Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  6. ^ Christian Schachinger: Der Tod steht ihr gut Der Standard 5 March 2009
  7. ^ Sebastian Hofer: Hautnah. Profil Nr. 10 (40. Jg.) 2. March 2009, p. 115.
  8. ^ a b "Soap & Skin - Narrow - For Father, Forever Ago -". The Gap. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Planet Gear: Soap&Skin's Harmonium, Piano and Aero-Organ". Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  10. ^ Lamers, Johannes (10 June 2016). "Soap&Skin - bookings & management - BLiP Agency". Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  11. ^ Anja Plaschg (19 July 2011). "Des Vaters". Retrieved 10 June 2016 – via YouTube.
  12. ^ a b "The Quietus - Features - Quietus Mixes & Radio -". Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  13. ^ "European Border Breakers Awards 2010" Archived 2012-12-09 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 21 February 2012
  14. ^
  15. ^ Premiere für düstere Netflix-Serie mit Musik aus der Steiermark, Die Steiermark (Newspaper), German, 28 November 2017. Retrieved on 3 August 2018
  16. ^ Magierin in Moll, Die Steiermark (Newspaper), German, 3 December 2017. Retrieved on 3 August 2018
  17. ^ "STILLLEBEN - Ein Film von Sebastian Meise". Retrieved 10 June 2016.

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