Anna Calvi: Should be Writing Bond Themes

15 02 2011

Got some new discs this week, purchased from Rough Trade, the standout album of the ones I bought is Anna Calvi’s debut.

Her self-titled debut is an album that is hard to categorise. At times the dark sounds of PJ Harvey and at others the booming sonic power of Shirley Bassey.

The sound has been described as dark, romantic, atmospheric pop, although for me I hear little in the way of pop, at least in the radio-friendly traditional sense. You can definitely hear the dark romance, and the rock sound gives off a real sexual emotion and a few classical undertones add to this feeling as well.

Nominated in December for the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll so this is going to be a massive year for the British born artist.

Must listen tracks:

– The Devil
– Suzanne and I (this track is what gave me the idea for the title of this blog post, could see Calvi producing a Bind theme!)

5 out of 5

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RIP Mark Linkous

18 04 2010

It has been around a month since the sad news that Sparklehorse lead man Mark Linkous committed suicide. Battling with depression and drug addiction throughout his career led him to take his own life on March 6th outside a friends house in Knoxville, TN.

It has been confirmed that Linkous shot himself through the chest with his own rifle.

Such sad news and another musical genius who passes in tragic circumstances.

I remember buying the first album Viviedixiesubmarinetransmissionplot on the day of its release in 1995. The first introduction for me to ‘Americana’ an introduction that led to purchases like, Grandaddy, Howe Home, M Ward, Lamb Chop and more throughout the 90’s and noughties.

A sound that was at times ethereal, with real emotive power and true reflective songs. The standout track for me from his career is Eyepennies from the 2001 album It’s a Wonderful Life, a track that featured PJ Harvey and an album that featured many collaborations.

That song is very haunting and definitely something to listen to before drifting off to sleep, I have been known to listen to the song 4 or 5 times on loop such is the raw emotion it invokes in me.

Mark Linkous and Sparklehorse will be sadly missed but never forgotten. Rest in Peace.

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