Nick Cave, Edith Piaf, Melissa Auf de Maur
With a haunting and soaring voice that is paired with simple yet seductive instrumentation, Anna Calvi is the type of artist that will have you listening to her entire catalogue before you know it. The music and lyrics have a grungy rock and roll feeling and her vocal performances remind listeners of the lounge chanteuses of yore. Whether you fall in love with her voice, lyrics or guitar playing, Anna Calvi is sure to have you under her spell before you realize it.
English musician Anna Calvi may be newer on the scene, but she did not come out of thin air. Getting her college degree in music and assembling her collaborators- Mally Harpaz and Daniel Maiden-Wood- back in 2006, Calvi has built a high-profile fan base which includes Brian Eno. Having met Calvi through a friend who saw and loved her performance Eno, her self-appointed mentor, helped Calvi land her first record deal with Domino Records. The 2011 self-titled release is the result of various music projects and influences.
Recorded and produced at Black Box Studios in France, the record pairs Calvi’s own talents with the Wall of Sound technique that makes for a rich, velvety sound. Her debut single “Jezebel” takes the Edith Piaf classic and turns it into an electric and moody single. Calvi’s latest single, “Suzanne & I,” features very simple lyrics but the song’s meaning comes across in the longing in Calvi’s voice. The album has been well received by fans and critics alike and was listed on the BBC’s Sound of 2011 list for the 2011 Mercury Prize.
Destined to make more and more brilliant and seductive music, Anna Calvi is someone you should definitely keep your eye on.