Phosphorescent to release new album ‘C’est La Vie’ on 5th October on Dead Oceans. Extensive worldwide touring to accompany release.
Anna Calvi shares the title track from her much anticipated third studio album, Hunter, due for release on 31 August 2018 via Domino. “Hunter” sees Calvi celebrating the transcendent aspects of pleasure and finding a community and home in queer spaces. According to Calvi, the track is about “exploring a more subversive sexuality, which goes further than what is expected of a woman in our patriarchal heteronormative society.”
“Hunter” follows the release of the album’s first single, “Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy”. The accompanying video was directed by rising star and recent Kendrick Lamar collaborator, William Kennedy, and choreographed by Aaron Sillis (FKA Twigs) and is available to watch here.
Produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Grinderman) at Konk Studios in London with some further production in LA, Hunter was recorded with Anna’s band – Mally Harpaz on various instruments and Alex Thomas on drums – with the addition of Adrian Utley from Portishead on keys and Martyn Casey from The Bad Seeds on bass. It has a new rawness, a primal energy into which Calvi pushes the limits of her guitar and voice beyond anything she’s recorded before.
Hunter is the embodiment of the feeling of truly letting go. For the BRIT award and double Mercury Music Prize-nominated songwriter and virtuosic guitarist, it was a catharsis, an opportunity to be more truthful than ever. A queer and a feminist record, Hunter is a visceral album exploring sexuality and breaking the laws of gender conformity and is galvanising in its hunt for freedom. It was important to Calvi that it was as vulnerable as it is strong; as beautiful as it is harsh; as much about the hunted as it is about the hunter. But she’s careful not to characterise any of these traits as “masculine” or “feminine” – the whole point is that one person, of any gender, can be both. The power is in the contrast itself; in the way she oscillates between extremes, sounding freer than ever before. She wanted to express herself while being “free from the story that either gender is given, free from worrying how people would judge me on what I want to do with my body and myself. For me, that’s quite a utopian vision.”
Following three very special sold out shows in Paris, Berlin and London (which The Line Of Best Fit described as “spectacular” and ”carefully curated, with an emphasis on a unique audience experience”), Anna will perform her captivating new live show at Empire Music Hall, Belfast on Thursday 27 September and Tivoli Theatre, Dublin on Friday 28 September. Tickets are on sale now. https://bit.ly/2v6jh9e