We were early to the Anna Calvi party – though we certainly weren’t alone. In fact, sonic godhead Brian Eno was acting as something of a mentor to her when she first emerged on the scene in 2009.
A decade later, she is still dazzling our ears (and souls) with her consistently startling art rock creations. And her critically acclaimed third album Hunter has just been shortlisted for the 2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize, her third consecutive nomination. But the startling new track “You’re Not God” actually appears on the first soundtrack for the exalted Netflix British crime drama Peaky Bilnders. She had also written and performed the soundtrack to season 5, and returned to do the same for season 6.
The song itself opens with a blast of thundering blues rock riffs and banshee wails, only to descend into some rather unsettling heavy breathing, set to an ominously chilling soundscape. If you’ve seen the show, it would hardly surprise you.