Laneway Presents can now confirm that British guitar-wielding chanteuse, Anna Calvi, is returning to Australia this May for a handful of shows. The mysterious artist declared by Brian Eno to be “the best thing since Patti Smith” will perform in Melbourne on Friday 30 May at the Thornbury Theatre, as well as featuring in the extensive music program on 2014’s Vivid Live at the Sydney Opera House.
Calvi’s rousingly kinetic breakthrough appearance at 2012’s St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, served as an eyebrow-raising introduction to these shores. With an incomparable intensity and originality, she established a throng of fans; the ladies wanted to be her, and the gents wanted to play guitar like her.
Calvi proves herself to be a creature of contrasts throughout her mesmerizing performance. Within seconds, her enigmatic voice can go from towering and grand, to hauntingly incandescent, as her lyrics effortlessly tap into a sonic romanticism that somehow treads boards between stunningly antiquated and fantastically modern. Teamed with her guitar – a boldly expressive, idiosyncratic creation – she displays dense riffs and ethereal atmospheres nearly simultaneously, which can pull you close before it sends you flying across the room.
Following the October release of her sophomore offering, One Breath, Calvi delivers a bold and confident record that begins an exciting new chapter in this uniquely talented artist’s career. Produced by John Congleton in Blackbox Studios, France and mixed in Dallas, Texas, One Breath was written in a year and recorded over a few intense weeks.
With all music and lyrics written by Calvi, One Breath is a more personal record than its Mercury and Brit nominated, self-titled predecessor. Reflective and vulnerable, it strikes a balance between optimism and despair, beauty and ugliness. The fiery elements of Anna’s debut remain, but One Breath is more instinctive and urgent, revealing a wider spectrum of textures and emotion. Of the album, Calvi herself says “One Breath is the moment before you’ve got to open yourself up, and it’s about how terrifying that is. It’s scary and it’s thrilling. It’s also full of hope, because whatever has to happen hasn’t happened yet.”
TICKETS FOR ALL SHOWS ON SALE MONDAY 31 MARCH, 9AM AEDT
Wednesday 28 May | Sydney Opera House, Opera Theatre