We were big fans of Anna Calvi’s first album Desire which had a delicious filmic element and tango-ness to it. Maybe it was the flavour of PJ Harvey-ness about her.
Sadly we didn’t love One Breath as much, and probably didn’t give it enough of a chance. It didn’t seem to sell so much either.
Anna was undaunted though and has been releasing a series of rather beautiful covers of which this take on Springsteen’s Fire is very good with its darkness a great contrast to the Pointer Sister’s version.
And now thanks to a covers EP taking in Bowie, Suicide and Keren Ann and with David Byrne guesting as well as her take on FKA Twigs’ Papi Pacify (yes remember we are obsessed) with all the bleeps and bumps replaced by guitars… we’re in love again.
The word is out. Neneh Cherry is back with some new music.
Yes that’s the same Neneh you might remember from the classics Buffalo Stance and Seven Seconds. Let’s do Seven Seconds this time as we did Buffalo Stance last time around.
Yes that’s Neneh as in “I took my Virgin royalties and helped fund my friends from Bristol called the Wild Bunch .. and that was Blue Lines by Massive Attack”.
And yep that’s Neneh as in I started in Rip Rig & Panic and so making a free jazz record (The Cherry Thing) with Norwegian Art-Jazzers The Thing makes perfect sense. As does covering The Stooges, Suicide and MF Doom for the record. Well, all that made sense anyway as her step-dad Don was one of the greatest names in avant-garde jazz & here’s Neneh and the Thing doing a Don Tribute (which is basically The Thing album live)
Anyway THAT Neneh went and made a record called The Blank Project with some electronic genius type people led by Kieran “Four Tet” Hedben and also including the RocketNumberNine (Ben & Tom Page) team. Which is back to some kind of commercial.
You can hear her talk about it to BBCs Jo Whiley HERE
And listen below to “Out Of The Black” her collab with equally good “alternative” pop star Robyn.
It’s still very edgy. So make you mind up yourself. But our world seems happier with her back.
Why wouldn’t you take some time out to have some kids and come back fronting a crazy Swedish funkrockjazz band that plays your stuff and covers some stuff by cool acts like Suicide and MF Doom and make a little scratch video like this?
Just to make us excited & prove you still look amazing (even with a little doom mask action). Maybe one of the best popstars ever is back and she has decided to avoid pimpin’ herself out and calling herself MDNA and instead settled for some ill communication. I feel this will be in some peoples record of the year list so perhaps you should take a chance and check it out. The Cherry Thing is out now through Fuse and available in Title Space stores around the country.
Lykke Li let Cool Accidents know what was on high rotation on her iPod while traveling around Australia as part of the recent Park Life tour and it’s made us love her more than we already did if that’s even possible! Tune in below!