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Wild Nothing (Photo by Koury Angelo) and Anna Calvi (Photo by Maisie Cousins)

Joint Album of the Week: Anna Calvi and Wild Nothing

Anna Calvi's Hunter Out Now via Domino and Wild Nothing's Indigo Out Now via Captured Tracks

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This week we have a tie for Album of the Week: Anna Calvi‘s Hunter and Wild Nothing‘s Indigo. We couldn’t decide which album we liked better, so they are joint Album of the Week. Below is info on both albums, as well as full album streams and videos from each record.

Anna Calvi released a new album, Hunter, today via Domino. Previously Calvi shared a video for Hunter’s first single, a new song that examined gender, “Don’t Beat the Girl Out of My Boy” (it was one of our Songs of the Week), as well as the album’s title track, “Hunter” (which was our #1 Song of the Week), as well as a NSFW video for “Hunter.” Then on the eve of the album’s release she shared one last pre-release single, the cinematic “As a Man.” There’s also a video for “As a Man,” but it’s an Apple Music exclusive and can only be viewed over there.

Hunter is Calvi’s third full-length album and the follow up to 2011’s Anna Calvi and 2013’s One Breath. That makes it her first album in five years. Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Grinderman) produced Hunter at Konk Studios in London, with some additional production in Los Angeles. Calvi’s band was featured in the sessions: Mally Harpaz on various instruments and Alex Thomas on drums. Adrian Utley from Portishead also played keyboards and Martyn Casey from The Bad Seeds played bass.

In a previous press release Calvi said she wanted to express herself on Hunter while being “free from the story that either gender is given, free from worrying how people would judge me on what I want to do with my body and myself. For me, that’s quite a utopian vision.”

Pick up our just announced new print issue (Issue 64) to read our exclusive Self-Portrait feature with Calvi, where she takes a self-portrait photo and writes a list of six personal things about herself that her fans may not know.

Anna Calvi Tour Dates:

Thu 27 Sep 2018 - Belfast, Northern Ireland - The Belfast Empire
Fri 28 Sep 2018 - Dublin 8, Ireland - The Tivoli Theatre
Sun 30 Sep 2018 - Glasgow, Scotland - St Luke’s
Mon 01 Oct 2018 - Manchester, England - O2 Ritz
Wed 03 Oct 2018 - Newcastle, UK - The Boiler Shop
Thu 04 Oct 2018 - Birmingham, UK - Town Hall
Fri 05 Oct 2018 - Brighton, UK - All Saints Church
Sat 06 Oct 2018 - Bristol, UK - SWX Bristol
Mon 08 Oct 2018 - Lille, France - Le Splendid
Tue 09 Oct 2018 - La Rochelle, France - La Sirene
Wed 10 Oct 2018 - Nantes, France - Stereolux
Sat 13 Oct 2018 - Valencia, Spain - La Rambleta
Sun 14 Oct 2018 - Barcelona, Spain - Cruïlla de Tardor @ Razzmatazz 2
Tue 16 Oct 2018 - Madrid, Spain - Chango
Wed 17 Oct 2018 - Santiago, Spain - Sala Capitol
Fri 19 Oct 2018 - Porto, Portugal - Hard Club
Sat 20 Oct 2018 - Lisbon, Portugal - Capitolio
Mon 22 Oct 2018 - Lyon, France - Le Radiant
Tue 23 Oct 2018 - Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
Wed 24 Oct 2018 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli Vredenburg, De Helling
Thu 25 Oct 2018 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
Sat 27 Oct 2018 - Odense, Denmark - Posten
Mon 29 Oct 2018 - Oslo, Norway - Parkteatret
Tue 30 Oct 2018 - Stockholm, Sweden - Nalen
Thu 01 Nov 2018 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia Club
Sat 03 Nov 2018 - Lund, Sweden - Mejeriet
Sun 04 Nov 2018 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
Mon 05 Nov 2018 - Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall
Wed 07 Nov 2018 - Warsaw, Poland - Niebo
Thu 08 Nov 2018 - Prague, Czech Republic - Lucerna
Fri 09 Nov 2018 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
Sat 10 Nov 2018 - Weissenhäuser Strand, Germany - Rolling Stone Weekender
Mon 12 Nov 2018 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Nova Cvernovka
Tue 13 Nov 2018 - Budapest, Hungary - A38 Ship
Thu 15 Nov 2018 - Vienna, Austria - Simm City
Fri 16 Nov 2018 - Rust, Germany Rolling - Stone Park
Sat 17 Nov 2018 - Fribourg, Switzerland - Le Nouveau Monde
Sun 18 Nov 2018 - Zurich, Switzerland - Plaza Club Zurich
Tue 20 Nov 2018 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Kino Siska
Wed 16 Jan 2019 - Munich, Germany - Freiheiz
Fri 18 Jan 2019 - Berlin, Germany - Astra Kulturhaus
Sat 19 Jan 2019 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel
Tue 22 Jan 2019 - Cologne, Germany - Gloria Theatre
Wed 23 Jan 2019 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
Fri25 Jan 2019 - Nancy, France - L’Autre Canal
Sat 26 Jan 2019 - Nimes, France - Paloma
Sun 27 Jan 2019 - Toulouse, France - Le Bikini
Tue 29 Jan 2019 - Bordeaux, France - Le Rocher de Palmer
Thu 31 Jan 2019 - Reims, France - La Cartonnerie
Thu 07 Feb 2019 - London, UK - The Roundhouse

Wild Nothing (aka Jack Tatum) released a new album, Indigo, his fourth, today via Captured Tracks. Previously Wild Nothing shared Indigo‘s first single and opening track, “Letting Go” (which was our #1 Song of the Week), as well as the 1980s-tastic “Partners in Motion” (which was also our #1 Song of the Week) and a strange video for “Letting Go.” That was followed by another song from the album, “Shallow Water,” a song about his wife that was #4 on our Songs of the Week list. Then he shared “Canyon on Fire” (which was our #2 Song of the Week).

The album is the follow-up to 2016’s somewhat underrated Life of Pause. Virginia-bred/Los Angeles-based Tatum recorded the demos solo and then spent four days at Sunset Sound’s Studio with drummer Cam Allen and guitarist Benji Lysaght to track the record live (Tatum played bass). Then producer Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink, Gang Gang Dance, Japanese Breakfast) came on board to build out the rest of the album’s sound, including using parts of Tatum’s original demos. Elbrecht and Tatum mixed the album over 10 days in Denver and then Tatum put the finishing touches on Indigo at his Glassell Park studio in Los Angeles. Sonically, Tatum was going for a 1980s vibe.

“I wanted it to sound like a classic studio record, as close as I could get it there,” Tatum said in a previous press release. “It just boils down to me wanting to fit into some larger narrative, musically, in terms of these artists I love. I think about how my music will age. Ideas of ‘timeless’ are going to be different-so if Indigo is not timeless then it’s at least ‘out of time.’”

The previous press release described the album as such: “Indigo is its own cyborg world, utilizing the artful mechanisms of human touch with the precision of technology to create the classic, pristine sound Tatum has been seeking his entire career. It finds Tatum at his most efficient, calculated, and confident after a decade of making music as Wild Nothing. On one hand, Indigo is a return to the fresh, transcendent sweep of his debut, 2010’s Gemini, and on the other, a culmination of heights reached, paths traveled, and lessons learned while creating the follow-ups, Nocturne and Life of Pause.”

This week we also posted an Anatomy of a Song article on Wild Nothing where he detailed Indigo single “Partners in Motion.”

Also read our review of Indigo.

Plus pick up our just announced new print issue (Issue 64) to read our exclusive interview (and check out of our photo shoot) with Wild Nothing on Indigo.

Wild Nothing’s 2012 album, Nocturne, was Under the Radar’s #1 album of that year.

Read our 2016 interview with Wild Nothing.

Wild Nothing Tour Dates:

Tue. Oct. 16 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Wed. Oct. 17 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Thu. Oct. 18 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
Fri. Oct. 19 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Sat. Oct. 20 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Sun. Oct. 21 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Tue. Oct. 23 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
Wed. Oct. 24 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Thu. Oct. 25 - Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
Fri. Oct. 26 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater
Sat. Oct. 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Tue. Oct. 30 - Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
Wed. Oct. 31 - Vancouver, BC @ Imperial Vancouver
Thu. Nov. 1 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Fri. Nov. 2 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
Sat. Nov. 3 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Sun. Nov. 4 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Tue. Nov. 6 - Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
Wed. Nov. 7 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
Thu. Nov. 8 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
Fri. Nov. 9 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Sat. Nov. 10 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
Mon. Nov. 12 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Tue. Nov. 13 - Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
Wed. Nov. 14 - Boston, MA @ Royale Nightclub
Fri. Nov. 16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Sat. Nov. 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Sun. Nov. 18 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

(Men I Trust open all shows.)

Album of the Week Runner-ups (Also Released This Week):

IDLES: Joy as an Act of Resistance (Partisan)

Mass Gothic: I’ve Tortured You Long Enough (Sub Pop)

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