The dreamily named Soul Whirling Somewhere is the musical voice of the virtual one-man band, Michael Plaster. Michael's intensely romantic songs ebb and flow as if under water, in slow motion. Mixing electronics and acoustic guitar with his own mournful, plaintive voice, Soul Whirling Somewhere's music is both soothing and quietly haunting.
Translation of a review of Please sennd help from the French site lefantastique.net
A true soul-dissection with wounds laid bare: ended relationships, separation, absence, memory... and, in something like a conclusion, the harsh declaration to which there is no response "This word is nothing. So, goodbye", lies, in substance, the intent of this album, the fourth work on Projekt records of Michael Plaster, the solitary artist hidden behind SoulWhirlingSomewhere. If the general tone of the album is somber, Please Sennd Help
is nevertheless still a particularly pleasant and relaxing listen, since there isn't a trace of anger, flagrant sadness, or theatrical pathos. On the contrary, with music at the same time simple and refined, and with soft and profound vocals, M. Plaster brilliantly practices the art of gentle sadness and elegant dispair. Accompanied by the piano or guitar on a foundation of electronic music, each song is a glance upon an episode in his personal life making this CD a true musical psychoanalysis. This work, eminently personal, between dark-wave and ambient, at times with some very light jazz accents, should be appreciated by everyone who agrees on the importance of an artist's sincerity.
Translated by Michelle Rowley 10/10/2001
Soul Whirling Somewhere interview in Pretty Bruises #5:
Here's a little excerpt from the interview with Michael Plaster:
Q: What piece of musical equipment would you be most reluctant to part with?
A: ummm, does my brain count? not that it has much value, but i guess that's where i think stuff up... i guess.
Q: How has being on the Projekt label been for you?
A: Projekt has been absolutely wonderful. although i have nothing firsthand with which to compare it, Sam has let me pretty much have total "artistic freedom" and really seems to actually care about and like my music.