A Blackest Ever Black record you can sing in the shower. Carla dal Forno’s solo debut is the result of a long and fertile incubation period for the songwriter & multi-instrumentalist. An early associate of the B.E.B. stable, dal Forno has been exploring dark musique concrete and majestic lo-fi pop for a few years as part of Berlin-via-Melbourne groups Tarcar (with Tarquin Mannek) and F Ingers (with Mannek and Samuel Karmel). For her solo debut, dal Forno turns in four songs and four instrumental tracks of wooden, dubwise psychedelic pop, not too dissimilar from her collaborative efforts but decidedly more intimate and immediate. The vocal cuts, although informed by the urban dread of post-punk and goth, are extremely catchy and hummable (“Fast Moving Cars” “What You Gonna Do Now?”), and the instrumentals demonstrate dal Forno’s abilities at conjuring deep, weird moods that should appeal to fans of This Heat, Coil and early Hype Williams. Recommended.
- digital download included
- music label: Blackest Ever Black 2016
reviewed by peanut dust 02/2017