Back in June, the Vancouver-based label Kingfisher Bluez released a new Rose Melberg track through their “DIY Single-Sided Singles” subscription series. Melberg is an indie-pop pioneer — she is a founding member of the twee band Tiger Trap that developed a cult following despite breaking up a year after its conception. Since then, Melberg has had her name attached to a slew of collaborative projects and solo work. Her voice is delicate, almost fragile — which is what makes the opening few seconds of “Distant Ships” so overwhelming. Melberg launches directly into the plucky guitar riff that underscores the track, leaving no room for introductory notes and making her hazy vocals all the more delightfully breathless. Listen below.
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