Anna Calvi | 01/07/11

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You should not need magazine covers, four star reviews and influential friends to be convinced of Anna Calvi's significance. Her eponymously titled debut (March 1) is the intended focal point. Co-produced by Rob Ellis and recorded in London and France, Anna Calvi is a beguiling and astonishingly confident record; the unique strengths of her songwriting, singing and guitar playing all laid bare.

Haunted by the timeless sounds of Nina Simone and Maria Callas, as well as the classical romanticism of Ravel and Debussy, and the rock innovations of Jimi Hendrix and Captain Beefheart, the record is both mysterious and decadent, nostalgic and forward thinking.

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Early praise...

"This isn’t just a great debut. It’s a fearless rejection of current pop trends, fashioning a benchmark of intensity and originality that the rest of this year’s albums will struggle to match" "****" - Uncut

"Anna Calvi is the brooding siren who makes demigods weak at the knees" - NME

"…her inaugural record unfolds with alluring stealth….Anna Calvi rises about the instant-gratification kick of so much contemporary music…whispers, shadowy impulses, counterbalancing unbridled orchestral passages, and the tumult of that voice. "****" – Mojo