ANNA CALVI+ WOMAN'S HOUR

Anna Calvi has released her eagerly anticipated second album One Breath following the success of her debut album.

In the two years since she released her self-titled debut, life has changed for Anna Calvi, and One Breath comes from a very different place. She wrote the first album over a long period of time, not knowing if anyone would ever even hear it, but made One Breath in a few short weeks, determined not to make it a replica.

She spent a year writing 30 or so songs in London, before travelling to Blackbox Studios in France to record a narrowed-down list. Daniel Maiden-Wood returned on drums, Mally Harpaz on percussion, and Massive Attack and Portishead-collaborator John Baggott joined for the first time on keyboards. The record was then mixed in Dallas, Texas, during a “bizarre” three weeks of near-isolation in a motel room. The 11 songs that make up One Breath take in a broad spectrum of reference points, from the call-and-response detail of West African music to the transformative conceptual ideas of composer John Adams, via Sing To Me, an homage to Maria Callas. This is an emotional journey through an expansive musical palette.

‘There’s new confidence here’ – NME – 8/10

Beautiful and candid, One Breath proves Anna Calvi has her fragilities. They just happen to be as captivating as her strengths’– Q – 4*

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Watch the video for Eliza below:


Plus support from WOMAN’S HOUR

Woman’s Hour are a four piece band based in London, and reared in the North West. Their stripped back music plays with dense sounds and dead space, held together by patient grooves and an upfront honest delivery.

Woman’s Hour seamlessly blends post-punk aesthetics with R&B sensuality. Though far from derivative, upon first listen Woman’s Hour immediately call to mind The XX (melodically more so than sonically). More accurately, Woman’s Hour blends The XX with Jessie Ware, with perhaps a hint of Sade.

The foursome’s shifting rhythms, delicate guitar riffs and softly sung vocals have landed them on London indie label Parlour Records with a string of singles, including ‘Our Love Has No Rhythm / To The End’ which were released in April 2013 and has been massively well received, already popular across the specialist shows on 6 Music, XFM and Radio 1. .

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Watch the video for ‘Our Love Has No Rhythm’ below: