Thursday, 13 February 2014

Music: Anna Calvi, Bath Komedia

Anna Calvi plays Bath Komedia, 12th February 2014 | Photo: Rosie Pentreath


Witnessing Anna Calvi perform live is revelatory. Not only has she got one of the most powerful – and varied – voices I have heard, but her guitar playing is technically outstanding and fearlessly unique. In the space of just one song she draws you in with a voice that seems so fragile that it will break, before hitting you with unbelievably powerful vocals and a solo that she rips effortlessly through a carefully distorted guitar.

Calvi's second album, One Breath, which came out in October, has widely been admired as a visceral and turbulent sophomore, equal to the first. Eliza is a strong and passionate love declaration, countered by the delicate and tortured Piece By Piece. One of my favourite moments of the evening was the stillness of Sing To Me – so gorgeous. And there were plenty of favourites from the debut, including Jezebel and Suzanne and I.

Supporting tonight at the Komedia was Woman's Hour offering melancholic shoegaze with plenty of warm synths and bass beats. Lovely stuff.

Woman's Hour, Bath Komedia | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Anna Calvi, Bath Komedia | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Anna Calvi, Bath Komedia | Photo: Rosie Pentreath


Visit: annacalvi.com





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