Hunter: Anna Calvi

Words by Bianca O’Neill


Anna Calvi has always somewhat escaped definition. Her music is operatic, dramatic, dark and yet also completely listenable, rooted in more familiar pop/rock origins.

On Hunter, Calvi explores gender – from what it means to be a woman and why, to how we can break that conformity programmed into us from childhood.

On ‘Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy’ her opening do-do-dos betray the seriousness of the subject matter, an investigation into toxic masculinity conditioning that starts in childhood. “I shout out / Let us be us,” she roars into the void – a moment of power that acts as an uplifting statement of gender defiance that runs throughout.

This article was originally published in Fashion Journal 182. You can read it here.

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