Palberta - Bye Bye Berta [Cassette]
In an industry that favors niche branding and sub-genre packaging, Palberta is a difficult band to place. Their music is free and uninhibited in a way that makes it all their own. Often, Palberta songs are marked with a child-like communication -- chants and lullabies are met with snarling tantrums, while their instruments coo and careen towards an often abrupt finish. Their playful approach to writing produces work that is as hyper-emotional as it is jarring as it is soothing and as loopy as it is sinister.
Palberta was formed when Lily Konigsberg, Anina Ivry-Block, and Nina Ryser met while attending Bard College. They honed their sound in basements across the Hudson valley, and quickly gained a reputation for their brazen and feverish live shows. Through prolific touring and recording, they have developed a dedicated nation-wide following without the aid of a major label. Outside of the band, the three of them actively pursue solo endeavors, with Palberta serving as a culminating force - a band driven by uncompromising personality.
Bye Bye Berta is their seventh release and their most sonically expansive release yet. Recorded by frequent collaborator Paco Cathcart at a library in Roxbury, Connecticut, the record features contributions from artists in their community.
"They are a group defined by mercurial gestures, barking acidity, and off-the-cuff creativity...."
"Their sinister songwriting showcases individual musicianship while crafting something bigger andmuch more harmonious. At times, it’s a challenging listen, but it’s by forging new paths that cult heroes are made."
- Bandcamp Daily
"Palberta have a multi-disciplinary and simplistic approach to their music. The trio often rotates instruments when they perform, eschewing conventional hooks for their own brand of acerbic, rudimentary punk."
"A beauty lies in a young person knowing who they are and what self-expression means to them, especially when it doesn’t necessarily match with mainstream ideals. An attempt to verbally explain Palberta’s music might come out as confounding as the music itself, and that, in itself, is delightful."
- Impose Magazine