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Stack JUNE 2021 - by Amy Flower
ANNA CALVI: ANNA CALVI 10TH ANNIVERSARY RED VINYL
In 2011, thirty-year old London-born Anna Calvi became an overnight sensation when she released her intriguingly raw, undeniably elegant, eponymous debut album to the world. At the time, she told The Daily telegraph, "I had a phobia about singing until five years ago. I wouldn't sing in school, or even in the shower. So, the guitar became my voice when I was a teenager; it was how I could express myself." We understand the statement within the first few moments of the album: Calvi's virtuosic electric guitar playing curls and eddies, expanding out into massive washes of sensuous colour. But once her singing voices begins, it's operatic command has you shivering with gratitude that Calvi decided not to remain an instrumentalist. With backing vocals from Brian Eno - an early disciple of Calvi's talent - Anna Calvi is a rich, strange, glamorous and raw alt-rock record which was quickly nominated for a slew of awards, including the prestigious Mercury Prize.
TOP TRACK: Suzanne And I
FAST FACT: The record was produced by PJ Harvey collaborator Rob Ellis, another early Calvi fan.