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Anna Calvi

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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Hailed as "the best thing since Patti Smith" by Brian Eno, as well as being included in the BBC's Sound of 2011 list, the hype surrounding London-born Anna Calvi came to a crescendo in late 2010. Gaining critical acclaim among music journalists, Calvi drew comparisons with passionate and brooding musicians like Nick Cave and Polly Jean Harvey. The dense and rich musical influences that inhabit Calvi's world are broad and distinctive strokes of sultry flamenco, smoke-filled blues, and seductive goth pop/rock. Adding to this tapestry of influences, Calvi claims to have been inspired by the films of David Lynch, Gus Van Sant, and Wong Kar Wai; the cinematic element to her music contributes a mysterious and unyielding undercurrent to her work.

At the age of 17, after eschewing art school in favor of a music degree, Calvi began to learn her trade and assemble musical partnerships. In 2006, she met percussionist and harmonium player Mally Harpaz, and later recruited drummer Daniel Maiden-Wood. The release of her debut single, "Jezebel," in the fall of 2010 was an electric cover version of the Edith Piaf standard. The young Calvi soon captured the attention of Domino Records boss Lawrence Bell after a glowing reference from former Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones, who had witnessed one of Calvi's gigs in Manchester. Bell quickly signed her to his label. Ryder-Jones was not the only celebrity admirer of Calvi's, an acquaintance of the aforementioned Brian Eno similarly urged him to listen to this emerging talent. After hearing Calvi's raw and unplugged performances on The Attic Sessions (the early demos that she recorded on an eight-track in her parents' attic), the distinguished producer soon became her mentor and unofficial cheerleader.

Calvi entered Black Box studio in France with the much-lauded producer Rob Ellis to record her self-titled debut album in 2010. Using vintage analog equipment, Calvi created a velvet Wall of Sound that justified the hype in the buildup to its 2011 release. Following the release of her debut album, Calvi was inundated with award nominations, with accolades such as Best British Breakthrough Act at the BRITS in 2012, and she was presented with the European Border Breaks alongside being invited to judge that year's prestigious Mercury Prize. Toward the end of 2012 she lent her powerful voice to Noah and the Whale's title track, "Heart of Nowhere," between sessions for her second release, One Breath, which was issued in 2013. Strange Weather, an EP of covers, arrived the following year.


  • 10.05.16 RT @diymagazine: Watch @WildBeasts team up with @annacalvi for a special rendition of 'Alpha Female'. https://t.co/1S7cEHhqa3 https://t.co/…
  • 10.04.16 RT @DominoRecordsFr: .@WildBeasts + @annacalvi = beaucoup d'amour https://t.co/udV6FU7fUO https://t.co/0muK2prK1N
  • 10.04.16 RT @BBC6Music: #nowplaying @WildBeasts recorded live with @annacalvi for #6musiclive - watch the performance here - https://t.co/QHJ8r3Zi6y…
  • 10.03.16 RT @EatYourOwnEars: Ahead of their @RoundhouseLDN shows this wk watch @WildBeasts feat @annacalvi on @BBC6Music w/ @marcrileydj tonight htt…
  • 10.03.16 Tonight - Anna will be performing with @WildBeasts as part of their @BBC6Music session. Tune in from 7.50pm-… https://t.co/J3W1RkRiZL
  • 08.23.16 RT @Tate: .@annacalvi can 'hear' Turner's paintings. See the new Turner rehang at #TateBritain for #TurnerComesHome https://t.co/9eHBGtak…
  • 08.18.16 RT @jehnbeth: Me and Anna Calvi chatting on new Episode of Start Making Sense. only on @Beats1 @AppleMusic https://t.co/IDVMhQayNz https://…
  • 08.17.16 Anna Calvi spoke to Jehnny Beth from Savages on her Beats 1 show #StartMakingSense Listen back to the show here: https://t.co/CVKbtLFpSn
  • 08.17.16 RT @Beats1: Fangirling. 👋😍 @annacalvi joins @savagesband's @jehnbeth on #StartMakingSense https://t.co/rAPwDbsSan https://t.co/r2fOnDBvDr
  • 08.16.16 RT @Dominorecordco: Tonight at 7pm PST, @annacalvi joins Jehnny Beth of @Savagesband on her START MAKING SENSE show over on @Beats1. https:…
  • 08.16.16 Today on @Beats1 7pm PST, interview with Jehnny Beth @Savagesband START MAKING SENSE https://t.co/1i7fR4jJDm
  • 08.16.16 RT @jehnbeth: New episode of START MAKING SENSE today with guest ANNA CALVI @annacalvi 7pm PST https://t.co/T8dIl3rIOj