Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever's recently released 'The French Press' did rather well for itself so now we have a re-issue of their debut which already showcases their marriage of the laid back pop charm of the Go Betweens with the verbal dexterity of Courtney Barnett. Classic Aussie pop available for the first time worldwide.
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- SP1194X / Limited indies only coloured vinyl 'Loser Edition' LP on Sub Pop
- Includes download code
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 23 August 2017
Do you still miss the Go-Betweens? Well I might have something for you.
Look, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever aren't as good as the Go-Betweens (who is?) - they lack the lyrical dexterity, the poetic autumnal hues and that bookish charm but they do something here that at times brings to mind Australia's finest. It's that watery guitar sound which on 'Wither With You' is combined with the slightly off key Forster-ish vocal to make the sort of plaintive Antipodean pop that has many imitators but few who get to the heart of the matter. Rolling Blackouts...are raucous - they are having a good time. On 'Wide Eyes' they belt along at breakneck pace and don't forget to include some dark undercurrents to go alongside their vivacious tremble pop.
'Talk Tight' is the sort of album you put on and it makes everything ok. An enjoyable listen of unpretentious guitar pop. They are perhaps not as good as some of the raving notices they've received but there's certainly moments. 'Clean Slate' in particular strikes at the mid point between the Velvet Underground and the Feelies, a sprawling song story with multiple near spoken word vocals. The sort of thing that played live would knock your hat off.
A messy, sprawling, golden pop cacophony.
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