Until Sat Feb 8
Time Out says
Posted: Mon Feb 3 2014
Some superstars are capable of converting their tiny stature into huge stage presence. Take Prince, Lady Gaga and Kylie for instance, who all come in at about 5'2". Anna Calvi is only 5' tall – but that doesn’t prevent her from transfixing audiences across the world with her dark and stormy alt rock. (Those killer cheekbones don’t hurt, either.)
You might remember that Calvi was a serious contender for the Mercury Prize back in 2011, for her self-titled debut album: a stately masterpiece full of echo-chamber guitar, dramatic crescendos and breakdowns, and striking narratives of love, lust and loss. Since then she’s released a thrilling second album, ‘One Breath’, and established herself as the most intense solo artist ever to come out of Mortlake.
She’s also honed a dramatically minimal live act. As her songs build to enormous climaxes then break down to near-silence at the drop of a black fedora, Calvi stands centre stage and stock-still, often in flamenco-inspired red and black, whipping up tornados with her trusty Telecaster.
It’s a perfect fit for the Troxy, the hulking art deco shell of a cinema that sits at the unfashionable end of Commercial Road in Stepney. This Saturday it hosts Calvi’s biggest London headline gig to date. You’ll be amazed at how someone so small can bring a venue this large to such a profound quiet.