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.