Carla dal Forno


‘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.