Periodically, we’ll feed you Next Big Thing bulletins.
This week’s installment: Anna Calvi, a sinister, Weimar-Republic-spooky chanteuse who gets into the gravelly grit of a song like a female Nick Cave. No wonder Cave himself has already professed himself a fan, inviting her to open his recent European tour with Grinderman.
Her eponymous Domino debut hits shelves on March 1, and — from the opening Gothic instrumental “Rider To The Sea” through stark sonnets like “Blackout,” “The Devil” and “I’ll Be Your Man” — it’s like nothing else you’ve heard in years.
The London-bred Calvi, 28, wrote her first song at 10, had constructed a home studio by 12, and in her late teens studied orchestration and arrangement in college, eventually earning a degree in music. But she still never sang a note. Only later, when she began joining bands, did she test her vocal wings by paying close attention to the phraseology of Edith Piaf and the similar-timbred Nina Simone. Now, even Brian Eno has fallen in love with her unique sound.
Sample it yourself at www.myspace.com/annacalvi.