Australian singer/songwriter Carla Dal Forno has often been compared to Nico for her vocal sound and delivery. Her music can be described as dream pop with a DIY aesthetic, but there's all sorts going on. Look Up Sharp is her second album and follow-up to You Know What It’s Like. This time she’s releasing it on her own label, Kallista.
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Carla Dal Forno's second album 'Look Up Sharp' is a chimerical thing, existing amidst ethereal atmospheres, plastic dub production, and the sparseness of ambient music.
It's an unsettling listen. The skeletal arrangements leave you slightly unnerved. This undercurrent of uneasy calm pervades the album, from the intimate harmonies backed by hissing white noise in 'Don't Follow Me', to the clucking percussion on 'Leaving for Japan'. Lyrics can be disconcertingly direct, such as "walking to the station I'm in such a band mood" or impassively cryptic, such as "stay in the clear sun".
Dal Forno's vocals remain the focal point of this album, despite not featuring that heavily. They've got a reedy quality and often seem to be slightly set apart from the other instrumentation. Near the start of album closer 'Push On' Dal Forno seems to be battling within the arrangements to be heard. In fact, the volume of the vocals and their breathy quality renders lyrics occasionally unintelligible but it works well within the unsettling production of the songs.
These songs have a sketch-like quality that suits the quietly confidential nature of the record. They have a primal feel that accentuates the raw emotion contained within 'Look Up Sharp'.
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