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Sun, sea, sound… our summer playlists

Anna Calvi, singer-songwriter and guitarist

I haven’t had a holiday in a very long time but I’m really enjoying Blood Orange’s recent album, Cupid Deluxe; it has an 80s New York feel and reminds me of the film Paris Is Burning. I’m also enjoying Frank Ocean’s song Pyramids, which is like a mini-opera, with many different moods and moments. While travelling around Europe doing festivals, I’ve been listening to Leonard Cohen’s album Death of a Ladies Man. I love how absurd, beautiful, uplifting and miserable this record is.

Arcade Fire’s latest album, Reflektor, really makes me think of my autumn European tour, when I listened to this on repeat. It has good memories for me of driving through the Spanish countryside. I like to listen to David Bowie’s Scary Monsters album as I’m taking off in a plane because it’s unhinged and makes me feel braver.

When I’m flying I don’t really watch films or play games. I much prefer looking out of the window and getting lost in my thoughts. I’m not very good with directions so I rely on the blue Google map marker to tell me where to go, which is a bit scary actually. I like the idea of carrying an actual compass.

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Anna Calvi live at Positivus Festival (19th of July, 2014).

Anna Calvi at Latitude Festival (July 18th, 2014).

Photographs by David Sillitoe.

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This is the lyric sheet me and David Byrne used in the studio when we were singing Strange Weather, with my notes…

annacalvi:

This is the lyric sheet me and David Byrne used in the studio when we were singing Strange Weather, with my notes…

Anonymous asked: I feel the U.S poster's pain. Anna played Toronto twice for her debut, and it was startling to see her progression from the first show to her return months later. I can only imagine how incredible she is now. I've watched YouTube clips, but the live experience really is something else.

Mhmm, every time I see her it is better than the time before!


Anna Calvi backstage at BBC Radio 2 (July 16th, 2014). You can listen to the full interview here: ( x )

Anna Calvi backstage at BBC Radio 2 (July 16th, 2014). You can listen to the full interview here: ( x )

Spotlight Salon: Marianne Faithfull, Anna Calvi & Samantha Morton

Last night, AnOther held the first Spotlight Salon at the  Chiltern Firehouse, with three incredible women, Marianne FaithfullAnna Calvi and Samantha Morton. The evening marked the start of an ongoing series of intimate, female-led salons and special video commissions, in partnership with Absolut Elyx  and André Balazs’ beautiful properties across the world.

With a career spanning five decades, Marianne Faithfull will release her new album, Give My Love to London, which was was played for the first time last night to guests at the Spotlight Salon. The publication of a glorious coffee table book published by Rizzoli will follow in November, as well as a world tour.

The album features collaborations with artists including Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and Anna Calvi who co-wrote the track Falling Back with Faithfull. Acclaimed filmmaker Samantha Morton will work with Martina Hoogland Ivanow for the music video of Falling Back which will be premiered on anothermag.com in August.

Anna Calvi on collaborating with Marianne Faithfull: "I was really impressed with Marianne’s instincts. And that’s something you can’t teach – you either have it or you don’t. One has to know where a song should go and how to develop a story, and for the two artists to have unity. I never thought I could share the songwriting process because I’m such a private writer. It’s very intimate. I close the curtains, I lock the door. The thought of anyone hearing me terrifies me which I know sounds strange because I sing in front of people every night. To share that moment with someone is very special. To work with Marianne in her apartment in Paris, in bright sunlight, was really amazing. I remember her speaking the lyrics of her songs and I listened to her voice thinking, ‘God, she could make a shopping list sound incredible.’ Her voice has so much depth."

(Source: anothermag.com)

Anna Calvi

—Twelve O'Clock Chant

Anna Calvi reading the poem Twelve O’Clock Chant by Leonard Cohen on the Spoken Word session on BBC Radio 2 today (July 16th, 2014).

Leonard Cohen - Twelve O’Clock Chant

Hold me hard light, soft light hold me
Moonlight in your mountains fold me
Sunlight in your tall waves scold me
Ironlight in your wires shield me
Deathlight in your darkness wield me

In burlap bags the bankers sew me
In countries far the merchants sell me
In icy caves the princes throw me
In golden rooms the doctors geld me
In battlefields the hunters rule me

I will starve till prophets find me
I will bleed till angels bind me
Still I sing till churches blind me
Still I love till cog-wheels wind me

Hold me hard light, soft light hold me
Moonlight in your mountains fold me
Sunlight in your tall waves scald me
Ironlight in your wires shield me
Deathlight in your darkness wield me


@anothermag A brilliant night in conversation with Marianne Faithfull, Anna Calvi and Samantha Morton who have just announced their upcoming collaboration. Head to anothermag.com tomorrow for more details.

@anothermag A brilliant night in conversation with Marianne Faithfull, Anna Calvi and Samantha Morton who have just announced their upcoming collaboration. Head to anothermag.com tomorrow for more details.

Anna Calvi Interview – Lady Grinning Soul

Anna Calvi – the mercurial vocal powerhouse that utilises the guitar as a sonic paintbrush, through which she paints a cinematic world of intensely passionate music, is about to release a brand new EP. Andy Price chats with this dexterous artist to find out what makes her tick creatively, her career highpoints so far and what we can expect from her upcoming third full length LP…

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