When Anna Calvi burst through the ranks of strong female singer-songwriters with her rich orchestral indie debut in late 2010 - supported by a soundbite from Brian Eno and critical acclaim across the music press - for a good few months it seemed like Florence Welch's absolute rule as Queen of the new wave of British art rock had come to an end.

Catapulted over the ones-to-watch panels and into the playlists of 6 Music, Radio 1, XFM and NPR thanks to support slots with Arctic Monkeys, Interpol and Nick Cave, plus BBC Sound Of 2011 and Mercury Music Prize nominations, Calvi was already well on her way to becoming established as a fantastic new home-grown musical talent.

With One Breath, the London-born musician has reassuringly picked up where her first album left off, producing a work that is again epic, explosive, fragile and tender in equal parts.

Graceful touches share room on the album with loud, dissonant and forceful blasts of crashing lead guitar and cymbal-heavy percussion, tracks like 'Suddenly' and 'Cry' delivering a striking reminder that Calvi's fascination with musical exploration and diverse arrangements stretch far beyond her incredibly powerful voice.

The songwriter's ability to create textural music that is earth-shattering, heart-piercing or anything in between comes through with ease, as celestial voices drifting across 'Sing To Me' and 'The Bridge', a jarring cacophony of stringed instruments tuning up at the start of 'Piece By Piece', an absolutely sublime key change on 'Carry Me' and softer melodies on 'One Breath' and 'Bleed Into Me' demonstrate beautifully.

Calvi's svelte to searing vocal range may be similar to that of Alison Goldfrapp, Little Scream, Austra's Katie Stelmanis or even Florence Welch at times, but ultimately, there's a depth and urgency present in her voice that defies comparison. Perhaps Eno was right when he called her "the next best thing since Patti Smith."

The monumental 'Tristan' is a perfect case in point: two minutes of rumbling portent before the fully-blown theatrical takes over, complete with soaring anthemic lyrics "On the wave that takes me out / God help me Tristan / on the wind I'm calling out / God help us Tristan."

Turning a sphere of influence that includes Claude Debussy, Robert Johnson, Edith Piaf, David Lynch and PJ Harvey (whose long-time collaborator Rob Ellis produced Calvi's debut) into a distinctive sound of such quality is no mean feat. With a work as deep, inventive and sensual as One Breath, Anna Calvi has surely confirmed her place amongst the best of new British songwriters and performers.