Anna Calvi describes her latest album, Hunter, as “so personal, it’s like sweat from my body.” The new record has a bit of a Nick Cave connection with production from Nick Launay (who’s produced music by Cave and Grinderman) and bass parts by The Bad Seeds’ Martyn Casey. In a Facebook post, Calvi goes on to explain that “I’m happy to be what I am, a bizarre mixture of lion and lamb, of extrovert and introvert, of vulnerability and strength.” These dualities and apparent contradictions run through Hunter as a theme on such tracks as “Don’t Beat the Girl Out of My Boy” and “As a Man,” in which the English singer pushes past the barriers of gender roles. Calvi’s stirring vocals range from the breathy dramatics of “Indies or Paradise” and the intimate phrasing of “Away” to the operatic, ethereal power of the shimmering interlude “Eden.”
Note: Calvi’s show at the Echo has been postponed until Thursday, April 9, 2020.
The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park. (213) 413-8200, spacelandpresents.com.