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Summer Series at Somerset House: Anna Calvi + Cold Specks
This July will see the much anticipated return of one of London's must-see events of the festival season, Summer Series at Somerset House.
Set in the spectacular courtyard of one of London's most celebrated historic buildings, Summer Series at Somerset House is a wonderfully unique event in the Summer's live music calendar. This year the programme runs from 7th to 17th July.
See www.somersethouse.org.uk/music for further information.
Considered by some to be a female Nick Cave, scored for an imaginary Hitchock soundtrack, Anna Calvi's blend of dark atmospheric romantic pop saw her nominated for the Mercury Music Prize with her 2011 eponymous debut for the Domino label. Meanwhile her intense mesmerising live performances showcase her fiercely provocative and mastery electric guitar work, haunting vocals and hypnotic stage presence with striking torch songs. 2013 saw the release of her follow-up album 'One Breath', described by The Independent as “an LP that rumbles with lusty insistence, swoons with bliss, luxuriates in cinematic style and nudges Calvi’s emotive voice to fresh operatic heights.”
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Cold Specks is Al Spx from Etobicoke, Canada, who now lives in London. Describing her sound as ‘Doom Soul’, Cold Specks music is steeped in the musical traditions of the Deep South. Citing the Lomax Field Recordings and James Carr as influences, along with Bill Callahan and Tom Waits, Al has a voice that evokes the ‘spirit feel’ of Mahalia Jackson and the visceral tones of Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Cold Specks sparse arrangements and chaingang rhythms stop you dead in your tracks.
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