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Alternative & Indie - Released March 6, 2020 | Domino Recording Co

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Anna Calvi loved her third album so much, 2018’s Hunter, that she’s come back to it to deconstruct and build it back up again. And for four out of the seven of the revisited songs, the British singer shares the mic: with Charlotte Gainsbourg (Eden), Courtney Barnett (Don’t Beat the Girl out of My Boy), Julia Holter (Swimming Pool) and band Idles (Wish). The exercise is all the more interesting as she hides her usual panache in order to refine her songs to the extreme and play more on the textures of her voice (and those of her featured guests). She tones down her penchant for the gothic in favour of the sensuality, or even the sexuality of her art. This is evidenced with the powerful duet with Gainsbourg, or the whispered Away, which was already stripped back on Hunter. In thirty short minutes, Calvi certainly confirms that she is a singularly captivating artist. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released August 31, 2018 | Domino Recording Co

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Anna Calvi can trumpet that the shy and sick child has become a sexual lioness; the score of her third album is in no way radical in its form. Still, her transformation is rather powerful as she described on social media when she came out as queer.In 2011, she released a stunning first eponymous album, where she revealed herself as much more than yet another PJ Harvey… Gifted with a mysterious organ a-la Siouxsie, armed with a 50s-sounding guitar in the vein of Duane Eddy and productions worthy of improbable Morricone/Badalamenti soundtracks, the British artist released One Breath two years later, an astounding second album, slightly evolving her singular art. Calvi leaned on dreamlike curves bordering on gothic, but also dared explore dirty and powerful sounds. With complete mastery over the writing, interpretation, arrangements and singing, she reasserted how much of a well-rounded artist she was. Something she does once again with Hunter and its very symbolic title. Supported by Nick Launay for the production (Nick Cave), Adrian Utley from Portishead on the keyboards and the Bad Seeds’ Martyn Casey on the bass, she strings together ten stunning tracks and reaches sublime heights by refining them to the extreme like on her ghostly ballad Away. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released October 7, 2013 | Domino Recording Co

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On her 2011 Mercury-nominated debut, bewitching, guitar-slinging Brit Anna Calvi delivered enough atmosphere to terraform her own planet. Elegant and poised, yet undeniably coiled and ready to strike at the first sign of a threat, songs like "Desire," "Suzanne & I," and "Blackout" sounded like a radio caught between Roy Orbison's "Crying" and PJ Harvey's "Man-Sized." One Breath, her intoxicating sophomore outing, picks right up where her eponymous first impression left off, offering up a pair of fevered, reverb-drenched, bordello-rock gems in "Suddenly" and "Eliza," before shifting gears with the icy and elliptical "Piece by Piece," one of several tracks that owe more than a cursory nod to the punchy, overcast minimalism of late-period Scott Walker. Calvi's more comfortable with pushing the envelope this time around, and One Breath feels like the work of an artist who has been given (or has at least given herself) carte blanche. Songs like "Cry," with its explosive blasts of Carlos Alomar-borne feedback, the hypnotic "Bleed into Me," which sounds like Jeff Buckley taking on King Crimson's "Matte Kudasai," and the nervy, incredibly intimate title track, may mine different areas of the sonic map, but they remain firmly entrenched in the ever-expanding Anna Calvi universe. Having eschewed much of the cavernous chamber pop of her debut for more challenging yet no less rewarding fare, Calvi's less adventurous fans may find themselves at a loss as to how to process it all, but there's something both immaculate and broken about One Breath that ultimately transcends its more difficult moments. © James Christopher Monger /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released November 12, 2019 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 17, 2020 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 30, 2013 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 27, 2020 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 6, 2018 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 5, 2020 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 31, 2018 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 18, 2011 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 29, 2018 | Domino Recording Co

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