Carla Dal Forno 'So Much Better' 7"
Carla dal Forno launches her own label, Kallista Records, with her first original single in over a year, ‘So MuchBetter.’The widespread success of her debut album ‘You Know What It’s Like’ (2016) and ‘The Garden EP’ (2017) has seendal Forno spearhead the latter years of the Blackest Ever Black vanguard. Now the London-based Australian artistturns 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 fertilenew ground. The a-side single, ‘So Much Better,’ sees dal Forno step out from the shadows of emotional ambiguityinto the vulnerable territory of anecdotal song-writing. Lyrics that echo the irrational passions of love scorned, intruth reveal a self-assured artist confessing to resentment which propels her. Here is dal Forno chiding herself in themirror while excoriating an old infatuate with a vocal timbre that sits among the giants: the lilting power of AlisonStatton, 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 dalForno 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 racksricocheting off fizzing drones, pastoral synth textures and meandering melody in the way of Broadcast, FlyingLizards and Portishead. But the illusion of wide-open spaces belies an oppressive, hysteria-inducing humidityswelling from the studio vision of her past instrumentals like ‘Dragon’s Breath’ and‘Italian Cinema.’ And with a nodto 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 Companyrecordstore and her monthly radio show on NTS. All in with the history and tradition of British post-punk andindependent music, she strides boldly into the abyss.So much better is yet to come...
Catalogue number: KALLISTA001