New Release & Video: Anna Calvi – Hunted / Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy (ft. Courtney Barnett)

Credit: Maisie Cousins

In the Summer of 2018, Anna Calvi released her third album Hunter. On it, she explored sexuality and breaking the laws of gender conformity. Following a stellar 18 months, which saw Calvi write her first television score (for BBC One’s Peaky Blinders), receive her third consecutive Mercury Prize nomination (the first solo artist to achieve this feat) and play sold out shows across the globe to her largest ever audiences, Calvi has now crafted a stunning reworking of Hunter, into Hunted.

Having revisited her first ever recordings for Hunter, Calvi found they offered an intimate and private view of the songs’ initial intentions. The seven tracks present are distilled to their bare essence on Hunted: her masterful guitar playing and formidable vocals, Calvi then asked Courtney Barnett, Joe Talbot (IDLES), Charlotte Gainsbourg and Julia Holter to collaborate with her and further transform the songs.

Today, Calvi is pleased to share the first song from Hunted, “Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy” featuring Courtney Barnett….

Calvi says of the March 6th record: “During a break from touring I went back and listened to the first recordings I ever made of ‘Hunter’. These recordings capture the very moment I first wrote these songs, and recorded them on my own, in my attic studio. I find something especially intimate about sharing these most private recordings with my favourite singers and asking them to lend their voices and artistic sensibility. Courtney Barnett is an amazing artist. Her voice and guitar playing together are mind blowing. Her ability to connect the profound to the smallest moments of human experience is the unique talent of a true artist.”

Barnett said of working together: “Anna is a completely awe-inspiring performer, it’s impossible to take your eyes off her onstage. I love her songwriting for its beautiful and perfect balance between aggression and tenderness”.

Rawer sounding than their original incarnations, 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.

Anna Calvi will play a special show at London’s Windmill as part of Independent Venue Week – she is this year’s ambassador – later this week before heading to North America in April to play Coachella alongside other dates….

31st January – Windmill Brixton, London (Independent Venue Week)
30th March – Palais Montcalm, Quebec City
1st April – Mod Club, Toronto
2nd April – Empty Bottle, Chicago
5th April – Music Hall of Williamsburg
6th April – Rough Trade NYC, Brooklyn
9th April – The Echo, LA
11th April – Coachella, California
15th April – The Independent, San Francisco
18th April – Coachella, California
29th May – All Points East, London
6th August – Haldern Pop Festival, Haldern
19th September – Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg


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