Palberta’s music recalls the work of the Swiss-German artist and musician Paul Klee. Despite having a fine arts education, Klee was known around the turn of the century for producing art that looked remedial and childish compared to some of his forebears. He drew people with cartoonish, balloon-like heads, using color blocking techniques and bold line-work to create something simple and instantly recognizable. Similarly, 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. They have all of the qualifications to make something that sounds towering and noisy and maybe a little boring, but they don’t. Instead, Palberta craft short, barking songs that sound like nothing else you’re listening to in 2016.
The band will release its new LP, Bye Bye Berta, by way of Wharf Cat and Ramp Local early next year. The album’s new single, “She Feels That Way,” comes as two versions; there’s the minimally produced, harmonized vocal rendition and an “electric” iteration. Palberta is for fans of bands like the Raincoats, Beat Happening, and any artist, musician or otherwise, who knew how to do a whole lot with very little. Check out both versions of “She Feels That Way” below.