Carla Patullo’s latest album, So She Howls, is a raw musical journey about grief, healing, and recovery following a life-changing confrontation with death. Carla received a GRAMMY nomination (Best New Age, Ambient or Chant Album) for the album on November 10th.
So She Howls is a combination of howling vocals, orchestral swells, and electronic pulses, as well as field-recorded sounds from the natural and machine worlds.
Each track transports the listener into an immersive new mind-state. And altogether, as the tracks evolve from haunting soundscapes into uplifting anthems of recovery and resilience.
With So She Howls, Patullo creates a blend of howling vocals, orchestral swells, and electronic pulses, as well as field-recorded sounds from the natural and the machine worlds. Natural elements like rain and wind were field recorded and blended into the tracks So She Howls and To Forest Scenes, which features an emotionally charged solo by Lorenza Ponce.
Whereas other tracks such as Machine Dreams implement manmade-like elements such as hospital radiation machinery, urban traffic sounds, and killer electric viola by Martha Mooke. In several tracks, the strong and open-hearted voices of the choir Tonality marry with Patullo’s vulnerable and intimate vocals to create intricately sculpted soundscapes, each track transporting the listener into an immersive new mind-state, evolving from hauntingly beautiful lullabies into uplifting anthems of recovery and resilience.
Carla Patullo is best known for her music that blends lush acoustics with layered vocals and experimental electronics. Her music strives to connect with the deep human emotions that are found in moments of grief, healing, redemption, and joy. Carla also composes music for film, and her recent projects include the Disney+ film Maxine starring Margaret Cho and directed by Niki Ang; Charlotte Hamblin’s Everybody Dies Sometimes, which premiered at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival; My Name Is Maria De Jesus, an HBO Latino film; the IDA shortlisted documentary Lotte that Silhouette Girl; and an in-the-works project called Bitterroot, a beautiful new film about the Hmong community. As her body of film work shows, Patullo is passionate about writing music that supports and advances inclusion for women, immigrants, and the LGBTQ+ community.
For more information and music samples, visit carlapatullo.com.