6th October | SWX

Somewhere on a spectrum with Jane Birkin on one end and Maria Callas on the other you’ll find Anna Calvi. Since her first album release, back in 2011, she has deftly walked a tightrope between breathily intimate and operatic powerhouse. Her self-titled debut was met with instant acclaim and won her a Mercury Prize nomination. Ever since, she has gone from strength to strength with her latest release, Hunter, breaking her into the top 25 on the UK album charts.

Alongside her valiant vocals, Calvi can shred with the best of them, with guitar solos and licks worthy of a 1970s power-rock band. She quickly caught the attention of legendary producer (and creator of the Microsoft start-up sound), Brian Eno, who called her “the best thing since Patti Smith.” Like Patti Smith, Anna Calvi often seems to consciously use her songs as a tool to invert expectations of a solo female act. With song titles like “I’ll Be Your Man,”  “As A Man” and “Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy,” she brings a fresh feel to the field, combining cinematic instrumentals and a rich, intense atmosphere. The story goes that she was discovered early by the former frontman of The Coral and all-round hit-machine, Bill Ryder Jones, who recommended her to Domino Records (Arctic Monkeys; King Creosote; Villagers), who immediately snapped her up.

Catch her at SWX on October 6th with support from Devolicious and local, DJ Ifeoluwa. Ifeoluwa is the founder of queer-friendly night Intervention/404, which aims to promote the musical talents of Bristol’s non-binary, LGBT+, and POC musicians.

See the video for ‘Don’t Beat the Girl out of My Boy’ here: