'There's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in' - Leonard Cohen
— Anna Calvi, 2013. (via black-sheep-girl)
— Anna Calvi (via heystellaaaa)
Anna Calvi: Suddenly catapulted from relative unknown to one of the most well-respected musicians in the business
Anna’s official FB page linked this interview and it’s brilliant. I love that part:
I find it incredibly frustrating that female artists and male artists get treated differently. Female artists are far too often judged on how they appear. What I’ve loved about the media coverage you’ve had is that the narrative has centred around your brilliance as a songwriter and you as a creative force, rather than how you appear or what you wear. Am I being incredibly naive there, or do you feel that, too?
I do feel lucky that my musical vision has been strong enough to avoid that trap. However, I often get asked what it’s like to be a woman in music. I’ve spoken to other female artists and they also continually get asked this question. It’s frustrating that women are regarded as ‘female artists’ as opposed to ‘artists’, which is how men are regarded. I doubt male artists get asked what it’s like to be a man making music. I really hope this fascination with gender won’t last forever and we can all just focus on the music.
Do you consider yourself a feminist?
I think it’s really important that women and men reclaim the word feminism. Feminism is about equality. It’s about being inclusive, not exclusive. So, yes, I do consider myself a feminist. I don’t believe that ultimately the patriarchy serves men any better than it serves women. The pressures on men and women to live up to their gender stereotypes are ridiculous and impossible to fulfill.
Like wow, finally a journalist who doesn’t ask completely shallow questions and highlights how intelligent, articulate and relevant of a person Anna is.
Reality is a slack construction worker and leaves many gaps and holes in its makings. Were it not for the continuing rush of expectations coming to the rescue, reality would be thoroughly exposed as the revolting show of corruption & incompetence it is. Still, expectations cover things up a bit, tidy the scene and lend a sense of purpose. Therefore, whoever said that desire is unruly lives in moral squalor. A few premises might be missing here, but - moving on…Anna Calvi - Desire (by Domino Recording Co.)
You can preorder the 7” single of Eliza here. The B-side is called ‘A Kiss To Your Twin’.
Striking a delicate balance between optimism and despair, the soaring Eliza is about “seeing a strong and beautiful woman who reminds you of a part of yourself that has got lost somehow, and striving to become that person again” - Anna Calvi
— Anna Calvi (via fuckyeahannacalvi)
Je ne m’y risquerais pas non plus. Les mots de Mme Vivien sont si délicieux. Merci Eugénie!
This actually one of my favorite quotes to describe the art of music. Thank you very much for bringing it back to me…
And yes, we do.
Ach classic William… true to say Anna’s music is the food of love: it really is in all its spectrum, in the beauty and the fear, the urge and the serenity, the danger and the unbelievable of falling in love with another human being