Though you may not know the name Rose Melberg, she pioneered the sort of indiepop brought to a wider audience by bands like The Magnetic Fields and Belle and Sebastian. Both solo and with her many bands (among them: Tiger Trap, The Softies, Gaze, Gigi, Brave Irene, Imaginary Pants), she helped pioneer the style of music sometimes called twee: short, super-melodic songs indebted to early ’50s rock and pop. And next month, February Records is releasing the album Constant and True: A Tribute to the Songs of Rose Melberg where like-minded bands cover 21 of her best songs. Even if you don’t know her name, anyone who like catchy, offkilter pop music will find a lot to dig into here.
The first cover to be released is by longtime Burlington collective The Smittens, who tackle the Go Sailor song “Together Forever In Love.” Their boy-girl duet arrangement is very much in the early Magnetic Fields mold, finding a perfect marriage between band and song selection. As with much of their own material, one listen will get it stuck in your head. Check it out below.
‘Constant and True: A Tribute to the Songs of Rose Melberg’ Tracklist:
1. The Hermit Crabs – Wonderful
2. The Prams – No Fun
3. Featherfin (feat. Deerful) – Old Days
4. Bodyheat – Moon Singer
5. Emma Kupa – You And Only You
6. Saturday Looks Good To Me – Winter Pageant
7. Marc Elston – The Best Days
8. LAKE – Tracks And Tunnels
9. Fireflies – Selfish
10. The Smittens – Together Forever in Love
11. John Girgus and The Legendary House Cats – Hello Rain
12. The Royal Landscaping Society – I Love You More
13. Gabardine – It’s Love
14. Boyracer – Alaska
15. Band á Part – Long Distance
16. Seapony – He’ll Never Have to Know
17. The Very Most (feat. Sarah Robostein) – C.K.M.
18. Tomiji – Fine Day For Sailing
19. Tangible Excitement – Puzzle Pieces
20. Transmittens – Words And Smiles
21. Rocketship – My Broken Heart