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From Gas to Solid / You Are My Friend
Artist
Soap&Skin
Label
Play It Again Sam
Catalogue Number
PIASR1040DA
Release Date
October 26, 2018

From Gas to Solid / You Are My Friend is the third album from the woman known as Soap and Skin, and Anja’s first in six years. There are reasons for her retreat, and search for a safer haven, given the preceding intense sequence of events – almost instantaneous acclaim and fame in her native Austria and across mainland Europe leading to intrusive media attention and battling expectations while protecting her integrity; then parenthood, and then beginning a new record, while the world outside continues to alienate and melt down. If Anja’s search for shelter has created something of a restorative oasis, a more balanced adult view than the rawer, angrier aspects of her earlier work, the stunning, wide-reaching From Gas to Solid… still reflects the struggle to find meaning, answers, and a place to survive. The album follows a similar trajectory to her 2009 debut Lovetune For Vacuum and 2012’s Narrow - both Top Ten albums across Europe, the latter topping the chart in Austria. This was unexpected given the music’s quietly devastating beauty, vivid poetry and compositional ambition, fusing classical, electronic, gothic, avant-rock, torch song and singer-songwriter traditions. Over the new album’s opening five songs alone, she embraces becalmed, almost hymnal piano and vocal (This Day). spellbound, electronic-flecked tranquillity (Athom), Italy coloured by organ and militaristic drums, the choral ambience of (This Is) Water and the tense grandeur of Surrounded, ethereal and earthy.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 This Day 3:27 Buy

    This Day

  2. 2 Athom 4:02 Buy

    Athom

  3. 3 Italy 3:34 Buy

    Italy

  4. 4 (This Is) Water 2:10 Buy

    (This Is) Water

  5. 5 Surrounded 4:16 Buy

    Surrounded

  6. 6 Creep 2:20 Buy

    Creep

  7. 7 Heal 4:13 Buy

    Heal

  8. 8 Foot Chamber 3:10 Buy

    Foot Chamber

  9. 9 Safe With Me 3:17 Buy

    Safe With Me

  10. 10 Falling 5:38 Buy

    Falling

  11. 11 Palindrome 3:02 Buy

    Palindrome

  12. 12 What a Wonderful World 2:24 Buy

    What a Wonderful World

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