It seems quite odd to classify Anna Calvi as an up-and-comer, considering that she’s already a chart success in Europe with two albums to her credit, and that she’s been both a nominee and a judge for the Mercury Prize in her UK homeland. But here in the States, technically, we’re just getting to know her. And I have a feeling that with her sophomore album One Breath, released earlier this month, a lot more people over here are going to know her name.
Stylewise, perhaps the best way to describe Calvi’s sound is that she sounds something like a female version of Nick Cave. Her sound is dark, atmospheric, brooding; her voice expressive, with a captivatingly slow vibrato. On top of that, she’s a virtuoso guitarist, and very dynamic to watch perform live. All of this combines to give Calvi a rich, deep musical palate from which to create, allowing her to range between buzzy punk and cathedral-like choral effects while still being entirely believable.
Anna Calvi is scheduled to hit both coasts of the U.S. next month, with only three American tour dates before heading back to Europe. But with this captivating sound, I imagine that it won’t be long before we are seeing a lot more of her over here. See what you think.
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