IT WAS LIKE WATER AT THE END OF THE DESERT,” says singer-songwriter Anna Calvi, remembering the moment she received a letter of encouragement from Brian Eno,
who told her that her music was “full of intelligence, romance and passion”. Eno wasn’t the only one to be impressed. After he mentioned her to Nick Cave, Cave invited her to support him on his group Grinderman’s 2010 tour. Since then, she has released her debut album and been included in the BBC’s Sound of 2011 list.