Title - 'Hunted'
Artist - Anna Calvi
For those not in the know, 18 months after the release of Hunter, which explored sexuality and breaking the laws of gender conformity, Anna Calvi has revisited her initial, more intimate recordings of those songs.
The versions on the just-released Hunted (Domino Music) find her masterful guitar playing and formidable vocals distilled to their bare essence, in the company of collaborators Courtney Barnett, Joe Talbot (IDLES), Charlotte Gainsbourg and Julia Holter.
Indeed, the tracks on Hunted shine under the light of a different lens, one that brings the innate fragility of the compositions to the forefront and exquisitely melds together the dichotomy of the hunter and the hunted, the primal and the beautiful, the vulnerable and the strong.
1. 'Swimming Pool' (feat. Julia Holter) [Hunted Version]
2. 'Hunter' [Hunted Version]
3. 'Eden' (feat. Charlotte Gainsbourg) [Hunted Version]
4. 'Away' [Hunted Version]
5. 'Don’t Beat The Girl out of My Boy' (feat. Courtney Barnett) [Hunted Version]
6. 'Wish' (feat. Joe Talbot of IDLES) [Hunted Version]
7. 'Indies or Paradise' [Hunted Version]
In completely acoustically reworking all seven of these tracks here on Hunted, Calvi has managed to sculpture some honest to God ethereal gems that, in some ways, exceed the created working that went before them.
Opening with the haunting 'Swimming Pool' (featuring the almost angelic register of Julia Holter), the track now takes on a shimmering glaze, one that simply transports you to a whole other place than the original dared to.
The twanging, electronically countryfied 'Hunter' is an impassioned lean forward from the genesis of the original, and is backed seamlessly by her impalpable 'Eden.'
Featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg’s whispered entreaties, that is then followed by the raw, honest, stripped down and laid bare quiet stillness of 'Away' which is backed by a rather faithful version of her alt-pop track 'Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy’ (featuring Courtney Barnett).
This quite incredible new 7-track EP then rounds out with the jangly fuzz guitar work found on 'Wish' (which features Joe Talbot from IDLES bringing forth his own brand of alt-angst), and then comes to a close on the foreboding, empowering guitar rock cut, 'Indies or Paradise.'
Anna Calvi will also soon embark on her first North American tour in support of Hunter and Hunted.
The headline dates in April are part of a run that also includes the previously-announced Coachella performance, all dates below:
03/30 @ Palais Montcalm - Quebec City, QC
04/01 @ Mod Club - Toronto, ON
04/02 @ Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
04/05 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
04/06 @ Rough Trade NYC - Brooklyn, NY
04/09 @ The Echo - Los Angeles, CA
04/11 @ Coachella - Indio Valley, CA
04/15 @ The Independent - San Francisco, CA
04/18 @ Coachella - Indio Valley, CA
05/29 @ All Points East - London, UK
08/06 @ Haldern Pop Festival - Haldern, DE
09/19 @ Reeperbahn Festival - Hamburg, DE
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