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Up-and-Comers: Anna Calvi

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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About the Author


Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Kim Phelps found her inspiration and love for music listening to local bands play in the coffeehouses around town. She soon found her own voice as a singer-songwriter, and eventually began playing her own gigs in the coffee shops. Her personal influences include Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls, Ingrid Michaelson and Cat Power, but as an indie musician herself, she has an affinity for any band or artist who pursues creative freedom on the outskirts of the music industry. As our Indie correspondent, Kim makes a point of highlighting up-and-coming independent acts who are creating a buzz and building an audience. When she's not blogging for us or playing in the coffee shops, Kim works as a barista herself to help pay the bills. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington.

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