Passionate singer and guitarist Anna Calvi, who packed our main hall to the rafters in 2014, is returning to Šiška. She’ll present her new album Hunter, the heavily anticipated visceral exploration of sexuality and gender roles and the successor to the albums that got her nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize and BRIT Award.
“Two encores proved that the audience was taken by the honest performance of singer and guitarist Anna Calvi and her accompanying musicians, who likely played the best concert of the first half of this year in Ljubljana. Unforgettable.” The high praise of the sold-out show by this unique British musician in our Katedrala Hall in 2014, delivered by Mladina, is undoubtedly on point, as Anna Calvi left us speechless and yearning for more. She had enraptured us with her exceptional, emotive vocals, her at moments appealingly dirty, at others duskily enticing guitar music, her blend of flamenco, gothic rock and pop – her presence of a true musician, honoured by comparisons to Patti Smith, PJ Harvey or Nick Cave, but not letting her limit her on her own creative path.
There had been rumours of Anna Calvi’s greatness among those in the music business even before she released her excellent debut in 2011, with the album and its successor, 2013’s One Breath, establishing her as a global star that can count Brian Eno, Morrissey and David Byrne among her fans. Now it’s finally time for the next chapter, her new album Hunter, on which she collaborated with her band, as well as Adrian Utley (Portishead) on keys and Martyn Casey (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) on bass, and which is to be released in August via Domino Records. Anna describes the raw, cathartic album, on which she explores sexuality and gender roles, as a queer and a feminist record, sounding freer than ever before. “This new music is everything I wanted it to be. I want you to hear what I’ve created and laboured on with love for so long, for you, for us. […] The intent of this record is to be primal and beautiful, vulnerable and strong, to be the hunter and the hunted,” she wrote. Our yearning will finally be satisfied in November.
Tickets on sale online and at Eventim sales outlets.
Organisation: Kino Šiška.