Artist of the Week: Anna Calvi
Anna Calvi is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist who does not hide her influences: she covered Edith Piaf standard “Jezebel” for her debut single in 2010; her eponymous debut record (2011) was produced by PJ Harvey long-time collaborator Rob Ellis; and she has several times listed Patti Smith and filmmakers such as David Lynch, Gus Van Sant and Wong Kar-Wai as strong inspirations of her work. One only needs to listen her records or her breathtaking live performances to confirm her blunt honesty: she’s in fact indebted to a lineage of strong female performers and her music is not only deeply cinematic, but also heavily textured by flamenco, blues and gothic influences.
Two years after her Mercury and Brit nominated debut album, Anna Calvi is back with One Breath, a sprawling record that maps out the versatility of both her expansive musical landscape (from Scott Walker inspired orchestrations to full-basted guitar feedbacks) and vocals (from seductive whispers to soaring arias). Never mind sophomore pressure, here’s one hell of a record.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.