REVIEW: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs - 4 stars

DIVING IN: Hope Downs is a magnificent debut from the Melbourne band.

DIVING IN: Hope Downs is a magnificent debut from the Melbourne band.

THE EPs Talk Tight (2016) and French Press (2017) announced Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever as a band to watch. However, music is littered with bands unable to deliver on their initial promise.

The Melbourne five-piece isn’t one of them. The long-awaited debut album Hope Downs has taken the spirit of their EPs and tightened the songwriting in a compelling mix of jangly indie, country and post-punk.

Talking Straight’s driving chorus carries the vibe of Midnight Oil, while the album’s other highlights Exclusive Grave and An Air Conditioned Man sound like Robert Forster-led Go-Betweens and The Triffids.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Talking Straight

The real beauty of Hope Downs is its sparsity. Each member provides a unique flavour through the three duelling vocalists and competing guitar riffs, which melds together like an elaborate conversation.

RBCF have commanded the spotlight. 

WAIT OVER: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have released two acclaimed EPs.

WAIT OVER: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have released two acclaimed EPs.