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Sultry singing star Anna Calvi fearless onstage, timid off

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Published in the Vancouver Sun June 1, 2011


Anna Calvi is fearless, or so the voice on her self-titled debut suggests.

The British vocalist, hailed by the BBC’s Sound of 2011 as one of the year’s most promising new artists, is an emotional tempest when it comes to her haunting orchestra-inspired arrangements, which would seem quite at home on a David Lynch soundtrack.

Feral desire, theatrical adoration and private torment course through her album, openly and freely, as if vulnerability doesn’t exist for the voracious 28-year-old musician. However, in a recent interview Calvi couldn’t sound any more different than the strong, relentless woman found on the record. Calvi’s voice is little more than a whisper. She’s driving towards Toronto, the next stop on her North American tour, and at some points, it’s hard to differentiate her soft words from the gentle hum of her vehicle.

“In music, I want to conquer my fears,” Calvi says. “But life in general, I’m not like that. I’m only like that when it comes to art.”

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