Carla dal Forno – You Know What It’s Like (BLACKESTLP015 | CD015 | DL015)


You Know What It’s Like is an album for inbetween days, and occupies inbetween 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 F ingers and Tarcar. It’s due out on October 7, 2016, on vinyl LP, CD and digital formats, and is available to pre-order now (pre-orders come with instant download of ‘What You Gonna Do Now?’). More information here.

Here’s the video for ‘What You Gonna Do Now?’:




Tarquin Manek live set on Berlin Community Radio this Friday

Shub Roy’s Revelate show, home to “genre-less abstraction with a focus on noise, experimental, punk/post-punk, various threads of electronic music and more”, returns to Berlin Community Radio this Friday, 15 July with a live set of oneiric dubwise electronics, corroded cold wave and revelatory avant-song experiments from our very own Tarquin Manek (pictured above).

Melbourne native Manek released a solo album, Tarquin Magnet, on Blackest Ever Black last year, and is a member of the bands F ingers and Tarcar (he’s also behind LST and several other more incognito projects). Currently in Europe for recording sessions and selected live dates (please direct any booking enquiries here), he will release a new record in Autumn/Winter 2016.


Tarquin Manek: Do You Know The Mind Of A Bullet?


Do You Know The Mind Of A Bullet? is a mini-album of sketches and improvisations recorded by Tarquin Manek (F ingers, Tarcar, LST) in Summer/Autumn 2015. Originally intended only to be released on a limited edition cassette given away with initial pre-orders of Tarquin’s new LP proper, Tarquin Magnet, in the end we decided that this music deserved to be made more widely available and so, in addition to the tape (which is sold out), Bullet? is now available as a free download. If you’re familiar with Tarquin Magnet, consider it a crucial addendum to that record; for the rest of you, it provides a good introduction to Manek’s work. More information here.


BLACKEST047: Tarquin Manek – Tarquin Magnet


Tarquin Magnet is an album by Tarquin Manek (F ingers, Tarcar, LST), his first full solo release for Blackest Ever Black, and a unique synthesis of time-dilating folk jazz romanticism, brittle chamber dub and plasmic post-techno electronics. Due to be released in late November, it’s available to pre-order on vinyl and digital now; the first 30 vinyl pre-orders come bundled with an exclusive Manek tape, Do You Know The Mind Of A Bullet?, containing archival material unavailable elsewhere.

More information here.


F ingers: Hide Before Dinner

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Hide Before Dinner is a new album by F ingers – the trio of Carla dal Forno (Tarcar), Samuel Karmel and Tarquin Manek (LST, Tarcar). Deeply drugged, synth-daubed death-folk and DIY electronics of the highest order. It’s due to be released through Blackest Ever Black on August 31, 2015 on LP and digital formats. More information here.

This very special group will be on tour in Europe this Autumn, including a performance at the Five Wretched Years of Blackest Ever Black event at London’s ICA on September 26. Full list of dates to follow.

The first 20 pre-orders of Hide Before Dinner come bundled with a copy of F ingers new tour tape, Trilogy: They Got The Best Heart.


This Thursday, 23 April: Shampoo Boy + Silvia Kastel + Tarcar at N.K. Projekt, Berlin


This Thursday at N.K. in Berlin, Blackest Ever Black presents a release show for Shampoo Boy‘s new album, Crack. Peter Rehberg’s trio are supported by Silvia Kastel (Control Unit) and Tarcar. Doors 19:30, more information here

This will be the debut German outing for Vienna’s SHAMPOO BOY (Rehberg, Christina Nemec and Christian Schachinger). Their new album Crack – A powerful alloy of extreme electroacoustic music, noise, luminous ambience and the mineral fundaments of rock and black metal – is the follow-up to 2013’s similarly pulverising Licht, and is due to be released on BEB next week. Epic in scale, complex in mood and dazzling in technique, the LP is a momentous achievement from three improvising musicians at the height of their powers.



As one half of Control Unit (with Ninni Morgia), vocalist and multi-instrumentalist SILVIA KASTEL has worked with the likes of Smegma, Factrix, Gary Smith, Aki Onda and Gate (Michael Morley of The Dead C); their collaborative album with the latter is due later this year. Hailing from Italy but with a predilection for the bleak and jarring sounds of the UK’s first industrial wave, Kastel’s confrontational yet sensual work incorporates voice, rhythm, synths, tape echo and dub influences. Following a series of 7″ and cassette offerings, many released through her own Ultramarine label, she is currently at work on her debut LP.



First ever European peformance for Melbourne’s Carla dal Forno (Mole House) and Tarquin Manek (LST, Bum Creek) aka TARCAR. Their debut EP of dub-damaged DIY,Mince Glace, was issued on BEB in late 2014, and they have a number of further works – solo and collaborative – coming out on the label in 2015, beginning with a new LP, Hide Before Dinner, by F ingers (the latest iteration of dal Forno, Manek and Samuel Karmel’s group project). Manek also records as LST, whose Th Duo LP is out this month via Berlin’s Another Dark Age, and will release a solo LP on Blackest under his own name later this year. Tarcar also contribute to the upcoming BEB compilation, I Can’t Give You The Life You Want.


I Can’t Give You The Life You Want


I Can’t Give You The Life You Want is a new, vinyl-only US compilation from Blackest Ever Black.

Exclusively manufactured and distributed by LA’s Mount Analog record store, in a strictly limited edition of 500, it features new and previously unreleased material from Tropic of Cancer, Bremen, Cut Hands, Dalhous, Tarcar, Exploring Jezebel, Barnett + Coloccia, Secret Boyfriend, Tarquin Manek, 500 Stamps and Infrastructure Zero.

Listen to Tarcar’s contribution, ‘Eija’, here.

It will be released in the US in early June. All customers pre-ordering/buying from Mount Analog will receive a free Blackest Ever Black mixtape entitled Truth Or Dare In North America with their record. A handful of copies (without the mixtape) are available to pre-order direct from Blackest Ever Black.

More information here.


Blackest Ever Black presents Shampoo Boy, Silvia Kastel & Tarcar at N.K., Berlin, April 23


Blackest Ever Black presents a release show for Shampoo Boy‘s new album, Crack, at N.K. in Berlin on Thursday 23 April.

This will be the debut German outing for the Viennese trio of Christina Nemec, Peter Rehberg (Editions Mego) and Christian Schachinger. Crack, the follow-up to 2013’s pulverising Licht, is due to be released on BEB in early April. Details will be announced next week.

Support comes from Silvia Kastel of Control Unit, and recent additions to the Blackest family, Tarcar, playing their first ever show in Europe. Early bird advance tickets are available at the heavily discounted  price of £4.50 GBP (approx €6 EUR).

Doors open at 19:30. More information soon.



Not tonight, I’m washing my hair

Blackest Ever Black presents a concert from Shampoo Boy – the trio of Peter Rehberg, Christina Nemec and Christian Schachinger – at NK, Berlin, on Thursday 23 April. It’s the release show for their new album on Blackest, the follow-up to 2013’s Licht, details of which are due to be announced later this month.

Support comes from Melbourne’s Tarcar, who recently debuted on BEB with their Mince Glace EP, and others TBC. More information soon.


Tarcar’s Mince Glace out now

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Mince Glace, the debut offering from Tarcar, is out now on 12″. More information here.

Limited to 300 copies, it comes housed in an LP-style sleeve with printed inner, featuring reproductions of original woodcuts by Tarcar’s own Carla dal Forno. Also included with the vinyl is a download code giving you access to the full release in your choice of MP3 or FLAC formats.

As of today you can also purchase digital formats from our Bandcamp page, and from other retailers as of December 28.

Acquaint yourself with dal Forno and her partner Tarquin Manek’s discursive, dubwise daymares now, before you get left behind: they have many more projects, solo and collaborative, forthcoming on Blackest Ever Black, and each one will require your attention.