Covered in heavy eye make-up and bright red lipstick, Anna Calvi cuts a striking, glamorous, mysterious figure before she's even played a note of her dark, brooding, leftfield pop. Born in Twickenham, South West London, Calvi grew up in a musical household to Italian parents, learning violin and guitar and listening to everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Edith Piaf and Ravi Shankar. Signed to Domino Records in 2009 on the insistence of The Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones, Brian Eno became a mentor and declared her "the biggest thing since Patti Smith", and she was named on the BBC Sound of 2011 shortlist. Support slots with Arctic Monkeys, Grinderman and PJ Harvey followed, before debut album Anna Calvi (2011) was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and widely acclaimed as one of the records of the year. An incredibly original artist, Calvi draws on flamenco music, David Lynch films, new wave pop, blues and a whole host of musical styles to create atmospheric odes that unsettle and inspire in equal measure.
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