Three years ago, Carla dal Forno moved from Melbourne, her hometown, to Berlin. Since then, the Australian-born singer has been the talk of the town and beyond. With her eyes on the prize for a breakthrough, she sought out labels that might bring her on board and allow her to easily embark on long and extensive touring schedules. She quickly found her musical home among London-based label Blackest Ever Black. From that point onwards, she was set for a speedy ascent among an established community of musicians within the German capital’s creative circle and, shortly after, the world would fall in love with her delicate and heartfelt way of making music.

Carla recently relocated to London in order to be closer to her label and to a functional work structure, something of great importance to her as an active musician and hard to achieve in Berlin. During her two year period while living in Germany, dal Forno produced and released her first album. Her otherworldly debut You Know What It’s Like allowed her to cross borders and create a mystique around her ghostly, atmospheric lo-fi songs.

The Garden, her new EP, and its title track, pays tribute to Einstürzende Neubauten’s 1996 song of the same name. Each of the four songs on The Garden is necessary and portrays the singer in a more ethereal and refined light than her confessional and emotional bubble presented on her first album. Self-produced, composed and performed, it’s also a new chapter in her life and a milestone in her hopeful and almost certain bright future as an accomplished musician.

Through her lo-fi, overdubbed guitar loops and careful wording, on ‘We Shouldn’t Have To Wait’, the feeling of her determination and dedication for music shines through, as this EP is a solid accomplishment after last year’s release. In ‘Clusters’, dal Forno explores her singing as it becomes the most melodic we’ve heard so far. Her music is a representation of a state of vulnerability and naturally appropriate for lonesome consumption and introspection.

The Garden holds enchanting power and expresses volumes without saying much. Her music and songwriting are conversational, devotional, self-analytical and a solution for those who might seek solace. Yet, the vulnerability in her slowly sung songs becomes, with this EP, Carla dal Forno’s clear trademark and also the vital strength to her craft.