Anna Calvi: old-school mys­tery

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music -

When you hear Black­out for the first time, you can hear right away why Anna Calvi will be re­ceiv­ing a lot of at­ten­tion in the com­ing months. It¹s a dra­matic open­ing salvo, a tune with a tang of old-school mys­tery and plenty of that cin­e­matic sass which never goes out of fash­ion.

At a time when every­one is looking for the new Florence Lily La Roux, Calvi is as non-scene as they come. In­stead of join­ing the gang and love­bomb­ing the blog­gers with half-chewed tunes, she¹s sim­ply kept her head down and worked to get her mu­sic just right. Oth­ers may have spent their time mak­ing those Sound of 2010 lists; Calvi has spent her time in­stead mak­ing knock­out tunes.

Right now, it¹s all about the set-up. Calvi spent most of ¹09 in the record stu­dio (in­clud­ing ses­sions for her soon-come de­but al­bum with Ben Lovett from Mum­ford and Sons and sea­soned en­gi­neer Ian Grim­ble) or on the road (sup­port­ing Johnny Flynn and play­ing the In the Woods fes­ti­val, amongst other out­ings). Ex­pect her live the­atri­cal poise and pas­sion to bring many, many peo­ple to her side.

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