Last month, the final ever season of BBC One’s Peaky Blinders came to its conclusion. The BRIT award and triple Mercury Music Prize-nominated Anna Calvi wrote and performed the score for season 6 and her voice and visceral guitar playing has soundtracked Tommy Shelby’s torment. On May 6th, Anna Calvi’s new EP Tommy is released featuring four excellent songs written specifically for the show. Having previously shared “Ain’t No Grave”, the rest of the EP includes a cover of “Red Right Hand” - the Peaky Blinders theme song by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, a cover of Bob Dylan’s “All The Tired Horses” as well as an original song by Calvi, “Burning Down”. All the songs feature Calvi’s trademark atmospherics and pull you back into the show’s universe. An exclusive limited 12” vinyl of Tommy is also set for release on 21st October.
Stream Tommy here. Anna Calvi previously wrote and performed the score for season 5 of Peaky Blinders and was brought on again for the last ever season. Shortly after Calvi began work on the season 6 score, she became pregnant with her first child. 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 her third studio album Hunter as well as albums by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grinderman and IDLES – to work alongside her. Anna continued working on the score until the night before the birth of her son Elio in November 2021, before swiftly returning to work and racing to finish the whole score as the season’s first record-breaking episode aired all whilst in the early stages of motherhood and adjusting to her new life.
Alongside her original composition “Drive” for director Joanna Hogg’s award-winning 2021 film The Souvenir Part 2, the completion of the score for Peaky Blinders marks a tremendous achievement for Anna and showcases a composer and artist still unlocking and unveiling their full capabilities.