TUF x Timbre Room Present
TUF x TR Present: Carla dal Forno
with Tess Roby, somesurprises, slowfoam
Wed, May 30 at 8pm
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR FOR $15
✨ TUF x Timbre Room Present… ✨
Carla dal Forno
$10 Adv | $15 DOS
Timbre Room (entrance through Kremwerk’s main door)
1809 Minor Ave.
CARLA DAL FORNO
You Know What It’s Like is an album for in between days, and occupies in between states: plain-speaking pop, disorientated by dub. Psychedelic folk delivered with post-punk economy. Drifting in space while still tethered to the ground. Astral tones blurred with earth sounds: wood, bone, breath, skin, dirt. Ending and beginning, dying and becoming. Longing for adventure and an unquiet life. Struggling to get out of bed.
This is Carla dal Forno’s debut solo album, following time in cult Melbourne group Mole House and an earlier association with Blackest Ever Black as a member of Fingersand Tarcar. Her voice is an extraordinary instrument: both disarmingly conversational and glacially detached. It has something of the bedsit urbanity of Anna Domino, Marine Girls, Antena, or Helen Johnstone –stoned and deadpan –but it can also summon a gothic intensity that Nico or Kendra Smith would approve of. This voice is the perfect embodiment of dal Forno’s emotionally ambiguous songs: their lyrics rooted in the everyday, observing and exposing a series of uncomfortable truths. This voice asks difficult questions of singer, subject, and listener.
Tess Roby is an artist born in Toronto, and currently working in Montreal. Accompanied by her brother, Eliot Roby on guitar, her music rides the melancholic line between classic 80s new-wave and lyric-driven pop. The listener simultaneously feels the intimacy of Roby's bedroom, cut with a romantic urgency akin to Hounds Of Love era Kate Bush. The arrangements are strictly minimal and hauntingly sparse, giving way to the richness of Roby’s voice and the hypnotic pulses of her analogue synthesizer. Her debut LP is soon to be released on Italians Do It Better (Chromatics, Desire, Johnny Jewel).
somesurprises is the psych-dream-folk-pop project of Natasha El-Sergany, who sings and plays guitar, synth, and drum machine (pre-sets). somesurprises started as a solo project in Charlottesville, Virginia in mid-2013, and was at first a Soundcloud page used for collecting the best or first takes of obsessive late-night spontaneous phone recordings of original and cover songs. The project draws inspiration from emotionally-resonant movie scores, lo-fi/shoegaze legends, and decades of heartbroken country, soul, pop, and folk music.
Building gentle structure of sound.