“During a break from touring I went back and listened to the first recordings I ever made of ‘Hunter’,” she explains. “These recordings capture the very moment I first wrote these songs, and recorded them on my own, in my attic studio. I find something especially intimate about sharing these most private recordings with my favourite singers and asking them to lend their voices and artistic sensibility.”
Coming up with the idea for ‘Hunted’, the reworking of the original sees Anna revisiting the tracks and pairing up with some of her equally musically talented pals to give it a whole other meaning. With IDLES’ Joe Talbot, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Julia Holter set to appear, Anna’s also shared her first collab - a reworking of ‘Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy’ - featuring Courtney Barnett.
“Courtney Barnett is an amazing artist,” Anna says. “Her voice and guitar playing together are mind blowing. Her ability to connect the profound to the smallest moments of human experience is the unique talent of a true artist.”
“Anna is a completely awe-inspiring performer, it’s impossible to take your eyes off her onstage,” Courtney says in return. “I love her songwriting for its beautiful and perfect balance between aggression and tenderness”.
Set for release on 6th March, ‘Hunted’ promises to show a rawer side of the original songs. Check out the first newbie and track list below.
1. Swimming Pool (feat. Julia Holter)
3. Eden (feat. Charlotte Gainsbourg)
5. Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy (feat. Courtney Barnett)
6. Wish (feat. Joe Talbot/IDLES)
7. Indies Or Paradise
See Anna Calvi live at the following dates:
31 – Windmill Brixton, London (Independent Venue Week)
30 – Palais Montcalm, Quebec City
01 – Mod Club, Toronto
02 – Empty Bottle, Chicago
05 – Music Hall of Williamsburg
06 – Rough Trade NYC, Brooklyn
09 – The Echo, LA
11 – Coachella, California
15 – The Independent, San Francisco
18 – Coachella, California
29 – All Points East, London
06 – Haldern Pop Festival, Haldern
19 – Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg
It’s the third preview of debut album ‘Makes Me Sick Makes Me Smile’, due this month.
It comes alongside the news that they’ve signed to Dead Oceans.
The trio’s last album came in 2017 with ‘After Laughter’.
The “dance banger” track, which appears on imminent new album ‘Hold The Girl’, is described as a “turning point” in the record.