Carla Dal Forno

Carla Dal Forno

Mon · June 4, 2018

8:00 pm

El Club

$12.00 - $15.00

Carla Dal Forno
Carla Dal Forno
You Know What It’s Like is an album for inbetween days, and occupies inbetween states: plain-speaking pop,
disorientated by dub. Psychedelic folk delivered with (post-)punk economy. Drifting in space while still tethered to
the ground. Astral tones blurred with earth sounds: wood, bone, breath, skin, dirt. Ending and beginning, dying
and becoming. Longing for adventure and an unquiet life. Struggling to get out of bed.
This is Carla dal Forno’s debut solo album, following time in cult Melbourne group Mole House and an earlier
association with Blackest Ever Black as a member of F ingers and Tarcar. Her voice is an extraordinary instrument:
both disarmingly conversational and glacially detached. It has something of the bedsit urbanity of Anna Domino,
Marine Girls, Antena, or Helen Johnstone – stoned and deadpan – but it can also summon a gothic intensity that
Nico or Kendra Smith would approve of. This voice is the perfect embodiment of dal Forno’s emotionally
ambiguous songs: their lyrics rooted in the everyday, observing and exposing a series of uncomfortable truths. This
voice asks difficult questions of singer, subject, and sung-to.
And of course there are no simple answers. Singles ‘Fast Moving Cars’ and ‘What You Gonna Do Now?’ weigh up
claustrophobia against loneliness, inertia against acceleration, doubling down versus taking off; the title track
acknowledges the provisional nature of love and “real” intimacy, then decides to brave it anyway. By the time we
arrive at the startlingly sparse ‘The Same Reply’, the impermanence of things can no longer be tolerated, and the
sense of dejection is absolute. The vocal-led pieces are interspersed with richly evocative instrumentals, like
Eno’s Another Green World reimagined in shades of brown and blue. Smothered in tape-hiss and reverb, the seasick
synthesizer miniatures ‘Italian Cinema’ and ‘Dragon Breath’ channel the twilit DIY whimsy of Flaming Tunes and
Call Back The Giants. ‘DB Rip”s drum machine and bassline are pure Chicago house, but then its dark choral
drones nod to Dalis Car’s dreams of blood-spattered Cornwall stone. ‘Dry The Rain’ drinks from a stream of
eldritch, home-brewed moon musick that runs through Coil, In Gowan Ring, Third Ear Band, even the
Raincoats’ Odyshape, and into the woods.
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