DAL FORNO, CARLA

SO MUCH BETTER (KALLISTA)

DAL FORNO, CARLA - SO MUCH BETTER 132792
Format:
1 7"
Release:
19.04.2019
Label:
KALLISTA
Kat.-Nr.:
132792
Barcode:
5055869582797
Carla dal Forno launches her own label, Kallista Records, with her first original single in over a year, `So Much Better.' The widespread success of her debut album `You Know What It's Like' (2016) and `The Garden EP' (2017) has seen dal Forno spearhead the latter years of the Blackest Ever Black vanguard.

Now the London-based Australian artist turns her attention to releasing original work on her own label, Kallista Records.

This two-track 7-inch record begins a bold year for dal Forno, who takes her lone kosmische misanthropy onto fertile new ground.

The a-side single, `So Much Better,' sees dal Forno step out from the shadows of emotional ambiguity into the vulnerable territory of anecdotal song-writing.

Lyrics that echo the irrational passions of love scorned, in truth reveal a self-assured artist confessing to resentment which propels her.

Here is dal Forno chiding herself in the mirror while excoriating an old infatuate with a vocal timbre that sits among the giants: the lilting power of Alison Statton, the mystic shamanism of Una Baines and the post-punk cabaret of Vivien Goldman.

The sparse production on both sides springs from the soft-pedalled cassette of covers, `Top of the Pops,' which dal Forno self-released last year.

Though the raw, dubbed out vision takes a back seat on `So Much Better,' overshadowed by dal Forno's fork-tongued lyrics, it is heightened on `Fever Walk' with acoustic drum racks ricocheting off fizzing drones, pastoral synth textures and meandering melody in the way of Broadcast, Flying Lizards and Portishead.

But the illusion of wide-open spaces belies an oppressive, hysteria-inducing humidity swelling from the studio vision of her past instrumentals like `Dragon's Breath' and `Italian Cinema.' And with a nod to her old band, F ingers, dal Forno's voice-as-instrument hacks like a machete through her endless jungle of anxiety.

This two track 7-inch, the object of a new existence, reflects dal Forno's life in London working at Low Company recordstore and her monthly radio show on NTS.

All in with the history and tradition of British post-punk and independent music, she strides boldly into the abyss.

So much better is yet to come
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. SO MUCH BETTER
  • 1.2. FEVER WALK