Carla dal Forno is an Australian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist currently based in London. Her acclaimed debut album You Know What It’s Like (2016) and follow up EP The Garden (2017) – both released on Blackest Ever Black – have established her as a singular new talent who navigates the inbetween zones of post-punk, industrial, narcotic dub and dream pop. Formerly of Melbourne’s Mole House, dal Forno is also a member of the BEB affiliated trio F Ingers with Samuel Karmel and Tarquin Manek.
As a solo artist Dal Forno crafts artfully atmospheric and emotionally ambiguous songs, displaying an observer’s eye for detail and a painterly sense of proportion. Her productions channel a mittel-Europa aesthetic, all greyscale synth textures, pulsing drum machines, stripped back guitar lines and disorientating bass undertow, with her glacially detached voice soaring high above. Live she performs as a shadowy and transfixing duo with multi-instrumentalist Mark Smith.
“Smoky and ominous, Australian singer/songwriter Carla dal Forno’s You Know What It’s Like simmers, both musically and thematically, while she inhabits the gloom of her arrangements like a ghost” – Pitchfork
“like the aftermath of heartbreak: at once poised and flattend, longing and blankly prosaic… juxtaposing slickness with DIY crudeness, as the synths and hollow drum machines shudder around it” – The Wire
“timeless and ancient, full of uneasy memories and dark secrets… a music that feels potent and sensual, like a slow moving river” – The Quietus
“In an era over-heated by over-sharing and identity politics, dal Forno’s detachedness is an inhalation of cool, fresh air… The record’s best quality is a stillness at its core that can’t quite be fathomed, as if its songs are disturbances rippling silkily outwards while a lake’s centre regathers its calm” – The Guardian
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