Release Date: Oct 4, 2019
Record label: Forced Exposure
Carla dal Forno seems to have very little interest in being knowable. With 2016's You Know What It's Like, Forno immediately established a musical niche all her own, one that, as tiresome as it may be to claim, does indeed defy easy classification. With the patience and innate glumness of post-punk, she layered synths and ambient sounds to craft a relatable, calming arena.
Autumn is the most charged of the seasons, and the most melancholy. As English novelist Kate Atkinson wrote in Human Croquet, the air can feel laden with "an aromatic shadow… the fragrance of last year's apples and the smell of the insides of very old books with a base note of dead, wet rose-petals." This same haze is conjured in almost everything recorded by London-via-Australia artist Carla dal Forno. A multi-instrumentalist and detail-obsessive, she records albums that, were they images, would be heavy with fog and sepia.
Breaking away from the dubby abstractions of her group F ingers, Australian singer/songwriter Carla dal Forno made her solo debut in 2016 with You Know What It's Like, a magnificent album of ambient pop tunes that prompted comparisons to obscure names like Kendra Smith and In Gowan Ring. Following two EPs, including a 2018 tour cassette that included covers of songs by the B-52s and Lana Del Rey, dal Forno's second album contains some of her most direct compositions, with clearer vocals and more upfront melodies. While still sparse and haunting, this album doesn't feel as detached, and dal Forno's sentiments aren't as ambiguous as they were before.