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My Idea: That's My Idea [Hardly Art EP, 2021]
Where Lily Konigsberg's Palberta 5000 was too spare for my taste, on this five-track debut her collaboration with guitarist-plus Nate Amos is often delicate and sometimes almost feathery. And though her fragile to half-whispered soprano is obviously crucial to the overall effect, so are all the other elements, particularly when the electronic percussion doesn't so much clatter as pitter-patter. Following a miraculous earworm of an opener unconvincingly titled 'I Can't Dance" are other irresistible intimations of delight cut with insecurity: "I think it's just my mixed-up mind ain't anything about her" or "Sure looks like you're laughing at my jokes/But inside you're crying like a baby." After all, whose idea was this anyway? She really wants to know. A