Anna Calvi has released Hunted, a reworking of seven tracks from 2018’s Hunter that features collaborations with Courtney Barnett, IDLES frontman Joe Talbot, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Julia Holter.
Having previously shared ‘Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy’ featuring Courtney Barnett and ‘Eden’ featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Calvi has released the record in full which including ‘Wish’ featuring IDLES man Talbot and ‘Swimming Pool’ featuring her label-mate Julia Holter.
On working with the two musicians, Calvi says: “Julia has such an amazing ability to colour her music in unexpected ways. Her creativity and originality always astound me. I had no idea she was going to do a choral piece on Swimming Pool. But I was so pleasantly surprised when I heard it back. She’s added something so unexpected and yet something that feels so beautiful and perfect for this song. She is a unique talent.”
Calvi added: “Joe has such a visceral urgent energy which felt so right for Wish. However, when I heard what he sang on this song I was also amazed to hear a vulnerability to his voice that I hadn’t heard before and I found it really beautiful. Idles are one of my favourite bands so it was a dream collaboration for me.”
Joe Talbot from IDLES said of the collaboration: “Anna Calvi is a behemoth. Working with her is humbling and exciting. To be asked to get involved in one of my favourite albums in recent history is a privilege, I hope I did justice.”
Julia Holter added: “The stunning power of Calvi’s performance here simply with voice and guitar made it tempting to either leave it alone or provide some far-away chorus emerging from the depths, just something to underline the passion. One of my favourite things to do is to experiment with layers of soft background voices that overlap and rub in pleasing/scary ways, and so this was extremely fun, and it was an honour to be a part of this project of Anna Calvi’s, she is a fierce master of her craft.”
Stream the record, below.
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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
26th June – Jazz in the Park, Romania
7th August – Sziget Festival, Budapest
8th August – Haldern Pop Festival, Haldern
18th September – Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg