CARLA DAL FORNO / AU
‘You Know What It’s Like’ is Carla dal Forno’s debut solo album following time in cult Melbourne group Mole House and an earlier association with label Blackest Ever Black as a member of Fingers and Tarcar. Her voice is an extraordinary instrument: both disarmingly conversational and glacially detached. It has something of the bedsit urbanity – stoned and deadpan – but it can also summon a gothic intensity. 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. 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.