‘Locked away in a basement, making an album in isolation, you do start going a bit crazy. So a lot of material came out of that – how to survive the making of this monster that took over three years of my life.’
‘When I play live I’m a different person,’ Anna smiles, sweetly. ‘I feel powerful and fearless. All the things I wish I felt in everyday life.’
‘It’s a record about the internal forces in life which are out of your control and can take you over, and how you survive them. It explores intimacy, passion and loneliness. There is an element of darkness to the record but there is also a sense of hope. This album is the culmination of my whole life up until now.’
And there are good reasons why that life is suffused with a darkness. The story begins with a baby girl, born in London, and struggling to survive. Anna Calvi spent most of her first three years of life in hospital.‘The way I dealt with that was to create my own world. And that’s what my relationship with music is – a world of my own creation that I escape into. I was always a dreamer. The early things stick with you.’(Qui il resto dell'intervista)
L'ho appena scoperta e la trovo straordinaria. Magari eviterei di tirare per la giacchetta Debussy che poveretto non c'entra neanche per sbaglio. Analogamente trovo del tutto inopportuno parlare di operatic vocals. Diciamo più semplicemente che Anna Calvi ha una bella voce e la sa usare con intelligenza. Più che a PJ Harvey mi viene naturale fare riferimento alla Siouxsie dei tempi d'oro.
Per un assaggio, i traballanti video di Youtube mi paiono poco efficaci: meglio affidarsi a questa pagina del Guardian.