Anna Calvi HunterAnna Calvi is a master of songwriting: her two previous albums were both nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.

The London artist – who’s toured with Nick Cave and collaborated with David Byrne – is also known for her stagecraft: “I try to look people in the eye when I sing.”

It’s an arresting image, this charged moment of connection between performer on stage and her audience. You can feel that same electricity here. Calvi has stated “the intent of this record is to be primal and beautiful, vulnerable and strong, to be the hunter and the hunted.” It’s all rendered in the dramatic builds and quiet spaces of these songs. Our instinctive, fluid selves, fixed for an instant in the crosshairs.

Hunter is out August 31 via Domino/EMI.
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