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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
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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 April 22, 2017 | Domino Recording Co

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In 2015, David Byrne invited Anna Calvi to perform at the Meltdown Festival of which he is the artistic director. The Brit (Calvi) opted for an unusual arrangement – surrounded by a 12-piece choir – to revisit songs picked from her first two albums, Anna Calvi and One Breath. The recording of this unique show in London was published in 2017 on Record Store Day as a red double vinyl. Now, one year later, we have an official version in Hi-Res 24-Bit. With this unique vocal halo, Anna Calvi’s songs have found an epic, mystic and quite astonishing second wind. Let yourself be carried away by rock which is disconnected from its time and these songs consisting of dark and haunting poetry. Magnificent. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 14, 2014 | Domino Recording Co

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A stop-gap release between 2013's One Breath and her third full-length studio album, 2014's more than servicable Strange Weather EP rounds up five covers, all of which are delivered with the usual impeccable taste and gothic flair that have become Calvi's trademarks since her debut in 2011. Recorded in New York with Doveman (aka Thomas Bartlett), Strange Weather includes evocative renditions of songs by FKA Twigs ("Papi Pacify"), David Bowie ("Lady Grinning Soul"), Suicide ("Ghost Rider"), Connan Mockasin ("I’m the Man That Will Find You"), and Keren Ann ("Strange Weather"), the latter two of which feature guest vocals from ex-Talking Head and serial collaborator David Byrne. ~ James Christopher Monger

Alternative & Indie - Released February 20, 2017 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 27, 2014 | Domino Recording Co

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

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 16, 2013 | Domino Recording Co

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

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

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

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

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