Anna Calvi — Strange Weather
Δ¿Δ Anna Calvi definovala sama sebe jako zpěvačku-skladatelku, obchodující na trzích v šeru a teatrálnosti. Husté a přebohaté hudební vlivy, postupně zabydlující Calvinin svět, jsou neobvykle široké: na jejím plátně spatřuji výrazné tahy smyslného flamenca, zakouřené blues a svůdný goth pop/rock. Δ¿Δ Přidáváním této tapisérie vlivů Calvi rozkrývá svou inspiraci filmy Davida Lynche, Gus Van Santa, a Wong Kar Waie; filmové prvky tak přispívají k tajemnému a neochvějnému podtónu v její práci. Eno to řekl správně, že Calvi je ta nejlepší věc po Patti Smith, "je to múdry názor a preto si nezaslúži dať mu jednu po papuli". Nesouhlasím však s názorem, že Byrne zní ostře a opuštěně ve "Strange Weather". Celé EP zde hrdě stojí jako špičkový hudební artefakt: je důkazem jisté stylistické rozlišovací způsobilosti, která si rochní v mnoha texturách.
Anna Margaret Michelle Calvi
Born: 24 September 1980, Twickenham, England, United Kingdom
Genres: Art rock, alternative rock, indie rock, indie pop
Occupations: Singer, songwriter, musician, guitarist
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, violin, bass, piano, sitar, organ
Location: London, Britain (UK)
Album release: July 15, 2014
Record Label: Domino
1. Papi Pacify (FKA Twigs) 4:25
2. I'm The Man That Will Find You (Connan Mockasin) 4:59
3. Ghost Rider (Suicide) 2:46
4. Strange Weather (Keren Ann), Feat. David Byrne) 5:34
5. Lady Grinning Soul (David Bowie) 3:58
℗ 2014 Domino Recording Co Ltd
Producer: Thomas Bartlett
•♣ Anna Calvi — vocals (lead), guitar
•♣ David Byrne — vocals
•♣ Matt Johnson — drums
•♣ Nico Muhly — string arrangements
•♣ Thomas Bartlett — Producer
•♣ Miles Showell — Mastering
Δ¿Δ Gigwise described the leading track, "Papi Pacify", as having a "Morricone-esque, cinematic Western sense of melodrama, whilst retaining the shudder-inducing intimacy of the original. It's gorgeous — not least for the vulnerability displayed in Calvi's soaring vocal."
Δ¿Δ NME awarded the EP a 7/10, saying: "Potential cover performers take note: this is how you do it."
Δ¿Δ The Skinny rated it four stars out of five: "Diverging from the fiery nature of some of Calvi’s original material, Strange Weather stands testament to a confident stylistic distinctiveness that spreads well over many textures." Δ¿Δ Influences: Django Reinhardt, John McLaughlin, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Velvet Underground, Roy Orbison, Messiaen, Ravel, Debussy, Ennio Morricone.
2012 Eurosonic Noorderslag European Border Breakers Award (UK) / Won
Δ¿Δ "Anna Calvi has never been one to churn out little nuggets of summery pop, instead choosing to focus on something far more brooding and predatory; the darker side of the human psyche. On the Strange Weather EP, she takes this signature style and applies it to the songs of other artists who share the same particular penchant for music that finds inspiration in the dark recesses of our minds. This proves stunningly successful, no doubt responsible in part for the help Calvi recruited in the form of producer Thomas Bartlett (The National, Antony and the Johnsons) and one Mr David Byrne."
Un EP de "covers" qui vaut le détour.
•♣ 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.
Press: Colleen Maloney ()
Agent: World = Steve Backman () / North America = Tom Windish ()
Director: Hiroki Shirasuka ()
Lucy Holt, published 26 June 2014, Score: ****
•♣ Calvi is known for her intense guitar playing and live performance. She has said that she tries to create the sounds of other instruments through her guitar. Visually, Calvi nods to the world of flamenco in her stage outfits, opting for the high trousers and blouse of a male dancer rather than the traditional frilly dress.
•♣ Following her debut album release show at Hoxton Hall in London, Calvi won over critics with her "performance of superb self-possession and dramatic timing." The Independent called her a "strumming seductress" who was "born to be heard in person" playing "with every ounce of passion."
•♣ Calvi's European tour in Autumn 2011 was filmed and released as a 2 part series called "Somewhere Along The Line".
•♣ Calvi performed a short headline tour in France, Spain and Portugal in November and December 2013.
•♣ Anna began 2014 with a Tour of the UK in February before heading to Europe throughout March. The Guardian gave Anna's February performance at London's Troxy theatre a four star review, stating that it "confirm[ed] Calvi as a modern guitar hero of exceptional talent and imagination". After the show at the Troxy, Anna played an intimate "solo show" to 150 fans at the George Tavern. Reviewing this special performance, Gigwise said that "up close and personal, the microscope highlights the nuances and flourishes that make Calvi the rarest of talent".
•♣ On 24 March 2014, Anna Calvi announced two shows in May in Sydney and Melbourne, as part of her Australian Tour. She also performed on June 1 as a vocal guest alongside the Heritage Orchestra for their Giorgio Moroder tribute.
•♣ Anna Calvi returned to Glastonbury Festival on 28 June 2014 for a performance on the Park stage.
•♣ On 1 December 2010 Calvi performed at the Colette showcase in Paris as part of The Room of Curiosities exhibition by Thomas Erber.
•♣ Calvi was invited to play at the Gucci dinner which was hosted by Vogue during the 2011 Haute Couture Paris fashion week. Frida Giannini, creative director at Gucci, also chose outfits for Calvi to wear during her May 2011 US tour. Calvi opened the new Gucci Sydney store on 30 November 2011.
•♣ Calvi also performed at the Fendi auction in May 2014 at Sotheby's in London.
•♣ The fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has said he is a fan of her music, and has photographed Calvi for the Maison Michel Fall Winter 2011 lookbook.
•♣ Sir Paul Smith photographed Calvi for the cover of L'Express Styles.
Calvi was invited onto the Chanel table for the Amfar charity event at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. ALBUMS:
•♣ Anna Calvi, 17 January 2011 (Domino)
•♣ One Breath, 7 October 2013 (Domino)
•♣ "Strange Weather", 15 July 2014 (Domino)