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Carla Dal Forno presents a pitch-perfect 3rd album, and 2nd on her own Kallista label, informed by the swift pop structures of her DIY/post-punk forebearers Young Marble Giants, Virginia Astley, Broadcast - one of those records that sounds like a classic from the go.
Half a decade on from her much loved works for Blackest Ever Black, both solo and with F Ingers, ‘Come Around’ is a super hooky collection she describes as having “a lightness and openness to it, which I feel quite liberated by. It reminds me of a life I once had with very few responsibilities.” Its nine songs were written once she settled in the dense eucalyptus bushlands of Castlemaine, Central Victoria, after stints in Berlin and London that coloured her previous works. While those albums found succour in slow, balmy songcraft, this album feels even more precisely puckered, the songwriting more confident, enlightened, living up to comparisons with the mannered pose of Virginia Astley and breezy elegance of AC Marias in her own, modest way.
Equally adept at conjuring idyllic, pastoral whimsy as much as penetrative insights on love, friendship and anxiety, ‘Come Around’ is the sort of album that rewards repeat listens with a dependable bond. Its pacing beckons us in with the strolling bassline of ‘Side by Side’, and blue-skied feel of ‘Come Around’, where ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ evokes a languorous Aussieness in its spurred, baked tone. She strikes a balance of ennui and melancholy in ’Stay Awake’, an ode to insomnia, while her melodic lyricism is showcased beautifully in the instrumentals ‘Autumn’ and ‘Deep Sleep’ that approach a comfortable silence between friends, dips in the conversation between the more urgent ‘Slumber’ with Thomas Bush, and the strength in fragility found on ‘Caution’.