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Anna Calvi shares a brand new song “Ain’t No Grave” | News | Domino

Sunday, the last episode of Peaky Blinders from BBC One diffused; one of the biggest TV moments of the year – the season premiere was watched by 3.8 million people – was set to music by the BRIT Awards and triple Anna Calvi, nominated for the Hyundai Music Prize who wrote and performed the entire score for Season 6.

Calvi is now pleased to announce its news PE tommyscheduled for release on May 6. Tommy presents four brilliant new songs from Calvi, including a cover of “Red Right Hand” – the theme song to Peaky Blinders by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, a cover of by Bob Dylan “All The Tired Horses” and two original songs written specifically for the show, “Ain’t No Grave” and “Burning Down”.

“It’s not a grave” first appeared during season 5 of Peaky Blinders, but acts as the musical linchpin of season 6, appearing throughout all six episodes, his swaggering presence underscoring the on-screen drama. Today, Calvi is pleased to share the song in full for the first time.

Anna Calvi previously wrote and performed the score for season 5 of Peaky Blinders and was reintroduced for the final season to bring her atmospheric and visceral guitar playing to the soundtrack of the lives of those who work for The Shelby Company Limited . A fitting epitaph to the show, “Ain’t No Grave” channels the tormented Tommy Shelby – played by Cillian Murphy – as Calvi sings: “I see a bunch of angels, They’re coming after me…Meet me Jesus, meet me”.

Shortly after Calvi began working on the season 6 score, she became pregnant with her first child. However, with the ongoing pandemic, she had to devise a new way to record with other musicians under strict restrictions in London. Calvi also decided to bring in frequent collaborator Nick Launay – producer of his third studio album Hunter as well as albums by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grinderman and IDLES – to work alongside him. Anna continued to work on the score until the night before her son Elio was born in November 2021, before quickly returning to work and racing to complete the entire score as the season’s record-breaking first episode aired all at the beginning of motherhood and adapt to her new life. The completion of the score marks a tremendous achievement for Anna and showcases a composer and artist who are still unlocking and unveiling their full abilities.

Speaking of the process, Calvi says: “I’ve been living in the character of Tommy Shelby for years now, having scored series 5 and this final series of Peaky Blinders. The only way to write for this show is to get inside his head – I’ve dreamed of him every night for months, and when I pick up my guitar, I try to play with his inner thoughts. My guitar is his violence and my voice is his hope. I’ve always thought he should have “a song” that sums him up – he’s the ultimate anti-hero – murderous, cold, terrifying, yet he has a deep love for his family and a naïve childlike hope that he will one day rise above all. I wanted to believe that ‘Aint No Grave’ was the song that was going through his head as he went through his life in slow motion. I think Tommy will be part of me forever!

Creator of Peaky Blinders Steven Knight adds: “A new single from Anna Calvi is always cause for celebration and I would like to add my name to the list of people who sing her praises. I would also like to thank Anna for all the work she did on the soundtrack from Season 6 of Peaky Blinders.

tommy will be available for digital purchase. Pre-order here.

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