Saturday, 29 January 2011

Anna Calvi


For me, Anna Calvi is the first performer in a long time to have an onstage persona so distanced from her natural self as to be almost unrecognisable. In interviews she’s quiet, thoughtful, always hiding behind a thick mane of blonde curls. Onstage she’s ferocious, snarling, and seemingly on a revenge mission that no number of flamenco scorched blues numbers will absolve. She reminds me of this lady –


I first fell for her work, after watching a performance of her on the French TV channel Arete. Where bands like Arcade Fire portray the current state of affairs, performers like Anna Calvi offer a means of escape to somewhere more glamorous, which in grim times seems very important. She’s currently fuelling late night writing binges as I try to start my second book. In an age of reality tv ‘stars’ and whitewash landfill indie Anna Calvi is certainly worth cherishing.



2 comments:

  1. Couldn't agree more. Just saw her live in Dublin and she was amazing. Whilst the music and musicality was first rate, it was her on stage persona that lifted it from a gig to a show.
    I'm still in the first throws of a full on school boy crush that may take some to pass.

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  2. Ha, I know what you mean. I've not felt this way about a musician since I first 'fell for' PJ Harvey when I heard 'Is This Desire?'. Calvi just seems to have this whole world of glamour and intrigue around her music that no other artist has.

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