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My Idea

  • That's My Idea [Hardly Art EP, 2021] A
  • Cry MFer [Hardly Art, 2022] A-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

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

Cry MFer [Hardly Art, 2022]
Not only her musical collaborator but by all accounts her romantic partner as well, Nate Amos adds muscle to Lily Konigsberg's little voice, big brain, and mutable heart while also pissing her off sometimes. On their official debut album, their magic is less surefire than on their tossed-off-or-was-it 2021 EP--they definitely document or at least enact some serious conflict here. Fortunately for them and more importantly us, however, they also come together, and not just in the end either. Here's hoping that what happens next will take care of itself. A-