Anna Calvi Live Review
Somerset House, London 12/07/12
Playing as part of this year's rather optimistically titled 'Summer Series', Anna Calvi and her trio braved the rain for her only headline show of 2012, which proved to be far from a washout despite the weather's best efforts.
Beginning her set alone with the instrumental Rider To The Sea, Calvi immediately commands the audience's attention, with the track's dark atmospherics perfectly matching the skies above.
A simple set design, featuring a projection of an eclipse which gradually turned into a boiling sun through the night, helped focus attention on the slight but captivating Calvi, decked out in a glittering lame matador outfit.
A dramatic Suzanne And I proved an early highlight, with Blackout and an extended take on I'll Be Your Man crackling like lightning through the downpour.
An intriguing new unnamed track was followed by covers of Elvis and TV On The Radio material, while Desire was epic and elemental.
It's a testament to the strength of Calvi and her band's performance that dispute the deluge the crowd held on for the encore, and were rewarded with powerful versions of The Devil and Edith Piaf's Jezebel.
Tonight saw a great set from a major talent, with rain thankfully not stopping play.