Now seven releases deep, Palberta blindside you with strange post-punk grooves that sort of recall ESG and The Birthday Party before the singing starts and pulls the rug from under your feet. Each song features an array of quizzical vocal arrangements, from knowingly cutesy harmonies to chanted almost-melodies that recall the better bits of Gaggle. The closest touchstone here is probably Micachu & The Shapes - that is to say, well worth checking out.
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This is extraordinary. Remember Gaggle? Well try to imagine them as a Raincoats/Slits influenced post punk group.
This is the world where ladies sing together over a blinking, wandering scaggle of instruments being plucked and hit in customary post Beefheart fashion and like the story of the monkeys and the typewriter they play enough notes that occasionally everything falls together into something that is just to the left of a lovely tune. 'She Feels That Way' arrives in two parts - the opening bit almost acapella if it weren't for some background glockenspiel and melodica. The same tune reappears as a falling down the stairs avant rock racket. Now this is good, like early Scritti Politti being manhandled down a back alley by the members of Kleenex.
There's a hymnal quality to the girls harmonies when when combined with the splintered post punk makes for a combination of opposites. Like eating a pretzel and a wine gum at the same time.
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