by Gerry Mak in New Music on Thursday 21 August 2008

Ianva are a fantastically seductive group from Genova, sounding like the house band in an underground cabaret during Mussolini’s rule — at once nostalgic and subversive. Singer Stefania T. D’Altero’s Marlene Dietrich-like croon wafts out from amidst the smoky swirl of sober trumpets, languid strings, and blaring accordions. Meanwhile, frontman Mercy serves as a male counterpoint to D’Altero, conjuring images of handsome, slick-haired men in uniform carousing one last night before returning to the battlefield.