Album Review Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Sideways To New Italy

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Sideways To New Italy

If you’re looking for a modern, uplifting celebration of all things riff, these boys have got your back.

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Having ensnared worldwide attention with their 2018 debut, ’Sideways To New Italy’ sees Aussie outfit Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever double down on all their strongest attributes. Inspired by the camaraderies and heartbreaks of life in a touring band, the record clings strongly to its home geography - ‘Beautiful Steven’ strolls along like Real Estate if their shorts were a little lower and the waves a little gnarlier, while ’The Cool Change’ recalls easy Los Campesinos! had they grown up on sunnier shores. Nothing quite comes close to ‘Cars In Space’ for desk-slapping earwormery, but with three singer-guitarists at play, the music chops and weaves with an impressive intricacy, always stopping itself short of self-indulgence. If you’re looking for a modern, uplifting celebration of all things riff, these boys have got your back.