Carla dal Forno seems to have very little interest in being knowable. With 2016's You Know What It's Like, Forno immediately established a musical niche all her own, one that, as tiresome as it may be to claim, does indeed defy easy classification. With the patience and innate glumness of post-punk, she layered synths and ambient sounds to craft a relatable, calming arena. She seems to keep things plain in her direct lyricism and delivery, but is always a step – or two, or three – ahead.

Since establishing her own label, Kallista, she's only grown more idiosyncratic. Where her first record was daring, her sophomore LP Look Up Sharp is even bolder, for the simplest of reasons: she isn't at all concerned with following up a hyped debut.

Rather than court a wider audience, she's only delved into a denser, more unknowable world. Above all, it's a patient one, never rushing to deliver an “a ha” moment or earworm.

Still, she remains as much a presence as ever. 'So Much Better' is enjoyably ruthless, delving into those dark, petty feelings we all possess, as Forno takes pleasure in someone from her prior life struggling as she does so much better.

Musically, Look Up Sharp is both lush and distant, remaining obtuse til the end. It can feel monolithic upon first perusal, but grows more endearing with each passing listen, an album so fully realized and uncompromising that it begins to feel something like a distant, lonely planet of sound designed only for our own, individual pleasure.

Beneath its deceptive modesty a deeply thought out palette whirls: 'Took a Long Time' is practically regal, 'Hype Sleep' boasts a glacial guitar that Interpol would envy, 'Don't Follow Me' is threatened by jarring firework explosions, 'Heart of Hearts' could soundtrack a classic anime with its mournful strings gliding atop a whirring, alien backdrop. She doesn't let up.

The album itself plays like something of a journey, with our narrator, if not lyrically, musically, descending ever further into whatever mystery she's inhabiting. By the LP's conclusion, Forno seems to have reached the belly of the beast. 'Push On' – inspired by the likes of Portishead – begins softly, lulling the listener into a sense of dismayed conclusion, before expanding into a cloud of uncertainty. Forno leaves us with no easy answers. Nor should she have. Look Up Sharp is a defiant, singularly challenging work, and it infinitely rewards those bold enough to venture into its maw more than once.