The hum of excitement surrounding Anna Calvi’s self-titled debut album has created something of a ripple effect across Europe. Already gracing magazine covers in France and having garnered elusive 4 star reviews from British music bibles Mojo and Uncut, Anna Calvi looks certain to be one of the year’s breakout stars. The young Londoner was chosen by the BBC for their prestigious Sound Of 2011 list and kicked off January with an early rave from Spin Magazine on their “Best New Artists” list. The album will be released stateside on March 1st via Domino Records. March is also the magic month which will see Anna cross the ocean to play her first ever North American shows, including a stop at this year’s South By South West.
Co-produced by Rob Ellis and recorded in London and France, Anna Calvi is a beguiling and astonishingly confident record; the unique strengths of her songwriting, singing and guitar playing all jumping out of the speaker at once. Haunted by the timeless sounds of Nina Simone and Maria Callas, as well as the classical romanticism of Ravel and Debussy, and the rock innovations of Jimi Hendrix and Captain Beefheart, the record is both mysterious and decadent, nostalgic and forward thinking.
See Anna Calvi Live:
3/8 Joe’s Pub New York, NY
3/9 Mercury Lounge New York, NY
3/10 Glasslands Brooklyn, NY
3/11 Wrongbar Toronto, ON
3/16-19 SXSW Austin, TX
Anna’s intimate backing band consists of Mally Harpaz on guitar, harmonium and percussion, and Daniel Maiden-Wood on drums. Having recently completed a tour of Europe opening for Grinderman (at the personal request of Nick Cave, surely a kindred spirit) and UK shows with Interpol, Anna’s striking live performances are not to be missed.
Anna Calvi in Spin’s “Best New Artists” for January 2011: http://bit.ly/gaUiOX
Early praise for Anna Calvi:
“Her music is the sonic equivalent of a deep red lipstick kiss on a bar napkin. Anna Calvi…combines reverb-drenched guitar, harmonium, and percussion to raise the hairs on your neck…Calvi’s singing and guitar playing are so cold-slap virtuosic and self-possessed that it’s like the work of a scary new species… the chill you get is truly unnerving” – Spin
“…her inaugural record unfolds with alluring stealth….Anna Calvi rises above the instant-gratification kick of so much contemporary music…whispers, shadowy impulses, counterbalancing unbridled orchestral passages, and the tumult of that voice.” –Mojo (4 Stars)
“This isn’t just a great debut. It’s a fearless rejection of current pop trends, fashioning a benchmark of intensity and originality that the rest of this year’s albums will struggle to match” – Uncut (4 stars)
“Her sultry self-titled debut album…delivers the same eerie, sophisticated coolness David Lynch defined in Twin Peaks, and Calvi’s intention, to escape into her performances via her dark musical alter ego, is clear to see.” – (American) Vogue
“Her chords are the kind that make grown men contemplate air guitar simulation.” – AOL Spinner
“Anna Calvi is the brooding siren who makes demigods weak at the knees” -NME
“An immense, reverb-drenched, gothic production job laced with lashings of panoramic, post-Siouxsie drama from The Voice Of 2011” – Classic Rock Magazine