Championed by Nick Cave and Brian Eno and drawing noirish comparisons to early PJ Harvey, British siren Anna Calvi takes a widescreen approach on her stunning debut album.
Calvi, who is half English and half Italian, eschews the de rigeur retro blues of modern English pop in favor of a more cinematic palette. She covered Edith Piaf’s “Jezebel” as her debut single, cites Morricone among her influences, plays stirring flamenco guitar, and revels in the visual aesthetics of Quentin Tarantino and David Lynch.
At times evoking the espionage of a Bond flick, and at others swirling like the wind through a ghost town, Anna Calvi may not be a sunny listen, but it’s certainly an atmospheric one — and a captivating one, at that.
Listen to Anna Calvi’s self-titled debut in the player below.