Knife Pleats is the newest project from the prolific Rose Melberg, whose past projects include Tiger Trap, The Softies, Go Sailor, Gaze, Imaginary Pants, PUPS, and several solo records. The first singles from the Vancouver-based project, which features Kaity McWhinney and Tracey Vath of Love Cuts and drummer Gregor Phillips, recall the sounds Melberg is most known for: crisp and bouncy guitar pop and heartfelt lyrics.
On “One Step Too Far,” Melberg contemplates the passage of time (“Please don’t change too much too fast these days won’t last long”) against lively arraignments. “Terrible” is slightly more pensive, a reflection of the inner workings of a relationship. Both tracks are sure to appeals to Melberg fans old and new.
Melberg told Exclaim! of the new project:
“It had been a few years since I had written songs for a full band so I had a bit of a backlog of songs in my head. I was eager to get a new band going so I started recording demos of the songs at home before I even had people to play with…. This project is a little different than some of my past projects in that I spent a little more time than usual with the songs on my own before I brought them to the band. It definitely made for some of the smoothest band practices I’ve ever had!”
Knife Pleats’ debut album Hat Bark Beach is out September 29 (Melberg’s birthday) through Lost Sound Tapes.