The Pale was the name for a limited geographical area of Tsarist Russia within which Jews were allowed to live. So Beyond the Pale is the perfect name for a band that plays klezmer music (the jazzy folk music of Eastern European Jewry) but refuses to be bound by traditional stylistic limitations. And a live recording is the perfect way to experience Beyond the Pale's joyful, sophisticated, and frequently humorous music.
Groups that are difficult to categorize – not necessarily impossible to categorize, but difficult to categorize – can be challenging for marketing departments to promote, although they are certainly a lot of fun if the listener is broad-minded. Beyond the Pale is such a group. Half the fun of listening to the largely (but not exclusively) instrumental Postcards, in fact, is trying to figure out exactly where this Toronto-based combo fits in stylistically.