Anna Calvi "Hunter"

Anna Calvi releases her third studio album on 31st August 2018

The album’s first single and video - "Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy” - WATCH / SHARE HERE

Announces an extensive UK and European tour for autumn / winter 2018 / 2019 with a London show at The Roundhouse on 7th February 2019

Performs her brand new live show at Heaven in London on 19th June 2018 as well as at dates in Paris and Berlin - all now sold out

Hunter,the third long player fromfrom the BRIT award and double Mercury Music Prize-nominated Anna Calvi, will be released on 31st August 2018 via Domino.

Produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Grinderman) at Konk Studios in London with some further production in LA, the album was recorded with Anna's band - Mally Harpaz on various instrumentsand Alex Thomas on drums - with the addition of Adrian Utley from Portishead on keys and Martyn Casey from The Bad Seeds on bass. It has a new rawness, a primal energy into which Calvi pushes the limits of her guitar and voice beyond anything she’s recorded before.

Hunter is the embodiment of the feeling of truly letting go. For the songwriter and virtuosic guitarist, it was a catharsis, an opportunity to be more truthful than ever. The first new music since 2014’s collaborative release with David Byrne, Strange WeatherEP, her self-titled debut album and the 2013 follow-up One Breath,Hunter is a visceral album exploring sexuality and breaking the laws of gender conformity. A queer and a feminist record, it is galvanising in its hunt for freedom. It was important to Calvi that it was as vulnerable as it is strong; as beautiful as it is harsh; as much about the hunted as it is about the hunter. But she’s careful not to characterise any of these traits as “masculine” or “feminine” – the whole point is that one person, of any gender, can be both. The power is in the contrast itself; in the way she oscillates between extremes, sounding freer than ever before. She wanted to express herself while being “free from the story that either gender is given, free from worrying how people would judge me on what I want to do with my body and myself. For me, that’s quite a utopian vision.”

In conjunction with today’s announcement, Calvi shares a video for the album’s first single, "Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy”. A battle cry with a rousing chorus, the song was partly written while thinking about how young children are when they’re conditioned to follow gender roles – in particular, the “heartbreaking” process through which small boys are taught not to cry or show emotions. Speaking about the track, Anna said the following: It’s a song about the defiance of happiness. It’s about being free to identify yourself in whichever way you please, without any restraints from society.”

Directed by rising star and recent Kendrick Lamar collaborator, William Kennedy, and choreographed by Aaron Sillis (FKA Twigs), the video is available to watch and shareHERE.

Anna Calvi said the following about Hunter:

I'm hunting for something - I want experiences, I want agency, I want sexual freedom, I want intimacy, I want to feel strong, I want to feel protected and I want to find something beautiful in all the mess.

I want to go beyond gender. I don’t want to have to chose between the male and female in me. I’m fighting against feeling an outsider and trying to find a place that feels like home.

I believe that gender is a spectrum. I believe that if we were allowed to be somewhere in the middle, not pushed to the extremes of performed masculinity and femininity, we would all be more free. I want to explore how to be something other than just what I've been assigned to be. I want to explore a more subversive sexuality, which goes further than what is expected of a woman in our patriarchal heteronormative society. I want to repeat the words “girl boy, woman man", over and over, to find the limits of these words, against vastness of human experience.

I believe in the female protagonist, who isn’t simply responding to a man’s story. I go out into the world and see it as mine - I want something from it, rather than just being a passive product of it. I'm hungry for experiences. Sometimes things seem clear, and other times I feel lost. I feel strong and yet vulnerable; I wear my body and my art as an armour, but I also know that to be true to myself is to be open to being hurt.

The intent of this record is to be primal and beautiful, vulnerable and strong, to be the hunter and the hunted.

- Anna


Hunter will be available on DIG, CD, LP and via all DSPs. It will also be available on limited edition deluxe LP 180g red vinyl with exclusive signed print, encased in a high gloss gatefold sleeve (with download code).

The physical pre-order and stream link is here. The album’s tracklist is as follows:

1. As A Man

2. Hunter

3. Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy

4. Indies Or Paradise

5. Swimming Pool

6. Alpha

7. Chain

8. Wish

9. Away

10. Eden

Anna will perform her captivating new live show on an extensive UK and European headline tour this autumn and winter kicking off in Belfast on 27th September 2018. The tour will culminate in her biggest show to date at The Roundhouse in London on 7th February 2019. These dates will follow her first live shows in four years this month with three special performances in Berlin (Berghain), Paris (La Gaîté Lyrique) and London (Heaven) on 19th June, which are now all sold out. Full live dates are as follows and all tickets are available here:

Tue       12 June 2018    Berlin, Germany                        Berghain [SOLD OUT]

Fri        15 June 2018    Paris, France                            La Gaité Lyrique [SOLD OUT]

Tue       19 June 2018    London, UK                             Heaven [SOLD OUT]

Thu       27 Sep 2018     Belfast, Northern Ireland           The Belfast Empire

Fri        28 Sep 2018     Dublin 8, Ireland                       The Tivoli Theatre

Sun      30 Sep 2018     Glasgow, Scotland                     St Luke’s

Mon     01 Oct 2018      Manchester, England                O2 Ritz

Wed     03 Oct 2018      Newcastle, UK                          The Boiler Shop

Thu       04 Oct 2018      Birmingham, UK                       Town Hall

Fri        05 Oct 2018      Brighton, UK                            All Saints Church

Sat       06 Oct 2018      Bristol, UK                               SWX Bristol

Mon     08 Oct 2018      Lille, France                             Le Splendid

Tue       09 Oct 2018      La Rochelle, France                  La Sirene

Wed     10 Oct 2018      Nantes, France                         Stereolux

Sat       13 Oct 2018      Valencia, Spain                        La Rambleta

Sun      14 Oct 2018      Barcelona, Spain                       Cruïlla de Tardor @ Razzmatazz 2

Tue       16 Oct 2018      Madrid, Spain                          Chango

Wed     17 Oct 2018      Santiago, Spain                       Sala Capitol

Fri        19 Oct 2018      Porto, Portugal                          Hard Club

Sat       20 Oct 2018      Lisbon, Portugal                       Capitolio

Mon     22 Oct 2018      Lyon, France                            Le Radiant

Tue       23 Oct 2018      Strasbourg, France                   La Laiterie

Wed     24 Oct 2018      Utrecht, Netherlands                 Tivoli Vredenburg, De Helling

Thu       25 Oct 2018      Brussels, Belgium                   Botanique

Sat       27 Oct 2018      Odense, Denmark                    Posten

Mon     29 Oct 2018      Oslo, Norway                           Parkteatret

Tue       30 Oct 2018      Stockholm, Sweden                 Nalen

Thu       01 Nov 2018     Helsinki, Finland                    Tavastia Club

Sat       03 Nov 2018     Lund, Sweden                          Mejeriet

Sun      04 Nov 2018     Copenhagen, Denmark             Vega

Mon     05 Nov 2018     Aarhus, Denmark                      Voxhall

Wed     07 Nov 2018     Warsaw, Poland                                   Niebo

Thu       08 Nov 2018     Prague, Czech Republic            Lucerna

Fri        09 Nov 2018     Leipzig, Germany                     Conne Island

Sat       10 Nov 2018     Weissenhäuser Strand, Germany   Rolling Stone Weekender

Mon     12 Nov 2018     Bratislava, Slovakia                              Nova Cvernovka

Tue       13 Nov 2018     Budapest, Hungary                   A38 Ship

Thu       15 Nov 2018     Vienna, Austria                         Simm City

Fri        16 Nov 2018     Rust, Germany                         Rolling Stone Park

Sat       17 Nov 2018     Fribourg, Switzerland                Le Nouveau Monde

Sun      18 Nov 2018     Zurich, Switzerland                   Plaza Club Zurich

Tue       20 Nov 2018     Ljubljana, Slovenia                   Kino Siska                       

Wed     16 Jan 2019      Munich, Germany                     Freiheiz

Fri        18 Jan 2019      Berlin, Germany                        Astra Kulturhaus

Sat       19 Jan 2019      Hamburg, Germany                  Kampnagel

Tue       22 Jan 2019      Cologne, Germany                   Gloria Theatre

Wed     23 Jan 2019      Amsterdam, Netherlands           Melkweg

Fri        25 Jan 2019      Nancy, France                          L'Autre Canal

Sat       26 Jan 2019      Nimes, France                          Paloma

Sun      27 Jan 2019      Toulouse, France                    Le Bikini

Tue       29 Jan 2019      Bordeaux, France                     Le Rocher de Palmer

Thu       31 Jan 2019      Reims, France                          La Cartonnerie

Thu       07 Feb 2019     London, UK                             The Roundhouse

Info

Artist: Anna Calvi

Album: Hunter

VÖ: 31.08.2018

Label: Domino

Vertrieb: GoodToGo


Web: annacalvi.com


Live-Termine: 

12.06.2018 Berlin, Berghain 
09.11.2018 Leipzig, Conne Island
10.11.2018 Weissenhäuser Strand, Rolling Stone Weekender
15.11.2018 Wien, Simm City
16.11.2018 Europapark Rust, Rolling Stone Park
16.01.2019 München, Freiheiz
18.01.2019 Berlin, Astra Kulturhaus
19.01.2019 Hamburg, Kampnagel
22.01.2019 Köln, Gloria Theatre

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