Brian Eno thinks Anna Calvi is “the biggest thing since Patti Smith”. The praise for the London newcomer is merited, but the comparison is misleading. It misses out Siouxsie Sioux and PJ Harvey, the two dominant influences on Calvi’s style. She has Siouxsie’s vocal presence, singing about love and desire in the commanding fashion of one who prompts such emotions rather than gets swept away by them, while spooky, reverb-laden guitar and stripped-back drums evoke PJ Harvey’s gothic blues.
Produced by Harvey’s collaborator Rob Ellis, it makes for an atmospheric, dramatic debut.