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Anna Calvi announces new album, Hunter

By | Published on Thursday 7 June 2018

Anna Calvi

Anna Calvi has announced her third album – and her first for five years – ‘Hunter’. Its 31 Aug release will be followed by UK tour dates in October, plus a one-off London show at the Roundhouse on 7 Feb next year.

“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”, says Calvi of the themes explored on the album. “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”, she continues. “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”.

She concludes: “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”.

The album’s first single, ‘Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy’, is out now. Watch the video here:

Would you like to see her tour dates? Sure you would:

19 Jun: London, Heaven
27 Sep: Belfast, Empire
28 Sep: Dublin, Tivoli Theatre
30 Sep: Glasgow, St Luke’s
1 Oct: Manchester, Ritz
3 Oct: Newcastle, The Boiler Shop
4 Oct: Birmingham, Town Hall
5 Oct: Brighton, All Saints Church
6 Oct: Bristol, SWX
7 Feb: London, The Roundhouse