Anna Calvi has scored the final two seasons of Peaky Blinders and contributed songs as well, including her version of Nick Cave's "Red Right Hand" which serves as the show's theme. Four of the songs she recorded for Peaky Blinders make up a new EP titled Tommy (which is the name of Cillian Murphy's character in the series). In addition to "Red Right Hand," there's also a cover of Bob Dylan’s "All The Tired Horses" and two original songs written for the show, “Ain’t No Grave” and “Burning Down.”
The lead track on Tommy is the smoldering "Ain't No Grave" that features a typically powerhouse vocal from Anna. "Peaky Blinders is really all about the psychology of Tommy Shelby," Anna says. "As such I always felt he should have an original song that sums him up - he’s the ultimate anti-hero - murderous, cold, terrifying, and yet has a deep love for his family and a naive childlike hope that he will one day rise above it all and be happy. I wanted to portray how he believes he is infallible to the point of godliness, and the lyrics 'there ain’t no grave, can hold my body down' fit him perfectly. The song is all about destiny - it rolls forward and even Tommy doesn’t have the power to stop it. All the songs on this EP are trying to encapsulate the contradictions of this fascinating and enigmatic character. I’ve been in the mind of Tommy Shelby for years now, and this EP is a love letter to him, and my way to say goodbye to this iconic show."
Listen to "Ain't No Grave" below. The Tommy EP will be out May 6.
Peaky Blinders' sixth and final season is airing now in the UK on the BBC and will premiere in North America on Netflix on June 10. The S6 soundtrack also featured new songs by Thom Yorke and Radiohead offshoot The Smile.