Saturday, 8 January 2011

Anna Calvi - Jezebel

The first thing you'll notice here is the distinctive voice.  Many of her influences are from the classical realm, including Debussy and Maria Callas, which come through in her classically-tinged voice.  Equal parts haunting and gutsy, with a warbling vibrato, Calvi comes across as a strong-willed femme fatale, if a little frightening.

Next is her guitar playing - Spanish Flamenco rhythms played with a hint of distortion.  Beneath this are harmonium and forceful percussion.  Together, the overall soundworld is like nothing else around at the moment.

This track, originally made famous by Edith Piaf, is released as a double A-side along with Moulinette.  With Jezebel, Calvi gives an intense and dynamic performance.  Her vampiric sensibility is an aquired taste, but her uniqueness is nonetheless worth celebrating.