I was listening to BBC6 on the iPod this morning. Liz Kershaw was putting together some nifty sets then she put something that was new to me on. It had a fair amount of bombast along with some compelling ambiance and atmosphere. Plus, a solid vocal that reminded me of Siouxie Sioux and P.J. Harvey.
I tried googling some of the lyrics I was hearing and right by the time the song ended I made my discovery. Her name. Anna Calvi.
She's got a cool style going with the flamenco gear. There's a lot of buzz for her in the UK.
I think she justifies the hype, and she covers Piaf.
Brian Eno thinks she's, "The biggest thing since Patti Smith." High praise indeed.