Anna Calvi shares ‘Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy’ – the first single from her forthcoming album, ‘Hunter’ – and you can listen to it on the Fantasy Premier League playlist.
The track with a battle cry and rousing chorus was partly written while thinking about how young children are when they’re conditioned to follow gender roles – in particular, the “heartbreaking” process through which small boys are taught not to cry or show emotions.
‘Hunter’ (released august 31 on Domino) – which has a new rawness, a primal energy into which Calvi pushes the limits of her guitar and voice beyond anything she’s recorded before – is the third long player from from the BRIT Award and double Mercury Music Prize-nominated artist.
Produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Grinderman) at Konk Studios in London with some further production in LA, the album was recorded with Anna’s band – Mally Harpaz on various instruments and Alex Thomas on drums – with the addition of Adrian Utley from Portishead on keys and Martyn Casey from The Bad Seeds on bass.
‘Hunter’ is the embodiment of the feeling of truly letting go. For the songwriter and virtuosic guitarist, it was a catharsis, an opportunity to be more truthful than ever. The first new music since 2014’s collaborative release with David Byrne, ‘Strange Weather‘ EP, her self-titled debut album and the 2013 follow-up ‘One Breath‘, ‘Hunter’ is a visceral album exploring sexuality and breaking the laws of gender conformity.