A compelling fire burns, both smoldering and raging, on the end-to-end excellent Reservoir Drive, the sophomore outing from Adelaide-based Krista Polvere. There’s heat to her songs that warms and scalds in all the right places as this Aussie shows off an understanding of Americana ways that bests a great deal of her Stateside competition. Produced by Marc Ford (Ryan Bingham, Steepwater Band, ex-Black Crowes) and his longtime collaborator Anthony Arvizu, Reservoir Drive is by turns intimate and believably tough, a combination that puts her in the good company of touchstones like prime Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt and contemporaries like Nicki Bluhm and Julie Miller.
This set is a lovely balancing act of material ideal for radio play and album cuts that speak of depths the mainstream airwaves don’t dabble in anymore. Polvere is totally convincing rocking out, as on the Ryan Adams aided single “Looking For Love,” but she’s often most affecting when she whispers in our ear, her naturally warbled voice making one sigh and close their eyes as bluebirds fly around our head.
The arrangements and instrumentation on Reservoir Drive are pitch perfect, mandolin and electric guitars each having their say with Polvere skipping and swaying over it all. Recorded at Compound Studio in Long Beach, the album carries a lil’ California shimmer, the ghosts of Topanga Canyon and 70s Asylum Records twang touched rock flying in the background of this quite charming update of the very winning formula of dead solid songwriting, quality musicianship, tasty production and a front woman with impactful pipes filled with genuine personality.
We asked Krista to tackle DI’s ongoing philosophical roundtable to get to know this promising new artist a bit better. And peep the video directed by Impound favorite Bryan Elijah Smith below along with some duets the two captured while Smith played dates with Polvere in Australia last year.
- What’s the first thing that springs to mind when you see the word “God”?
- Because of my Catholic upbringing I would have to say a gentle looking old man with a white beard and longer hair, perhaps Gandalf-like.
- Which has the better cosmology, Star Wars or Star Trek? Why?
- Star Wars. The love story was what pulled me in, as well as the complicated nature of Luke’s relationship with his father and how it all transpired.
- Name one album that has spiritual resonance for you.
- So many records have spiritual resonance. What resonates with me is when I can hear someone’s soul and their truth through their voice and song writing. There are very few things that are more beautiful to me than hearing this. Spirituality for me, right now, is about attempting to understand myself, those around me, and how to make sense and let go of expectations.
- Woody Allen once said, “I don’t know the question but sex is definitely the answer.” So, what’s the question?
- How to be truly intimate with another human being?
- You can have a dinner party with any three people throughout human history. Who do you invite, what’s on the menu and what intoxicant do you share for dessert?
- Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. I would invite these people because I could simply listen to their stories and imagine it would be an evening of chaos and beauty. There may be tears, there may be theatrics, but it sure as hell would not be boring. Red wine and cheese for dessert please!