Album #178: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Sideways to New Italy

  • Released: 2020
  • Origin: Melbourne, Australia
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • Best Track: The Second of the First

So many great albums came out on June 5th. The second album from Australian indie-rock/post-punk band Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever was one of them. I listened to it on the day of its release and liked it, but put it on the back burner.

I don’t know whether it’s because I’ve given it a bit of time between listens, but I love Sideways to New Italy. The songs have the odd feeling of famiarity, yet freshness.

‘The Second of the First’ is an absolute banger – the best opener to an album I can remember hearing this year. It reminds me of the Shop Assistants’ ‘Safety Net’ in how the instruments chug along for a few seconds before everything kicks in and the ride begins.

There’s no bad song on the record, with standouts including ‘She’s There’, ‘Cameo’ and the more mellow, bluesy closer ‘The Cool Changer’.

Definitely in my top 10 of 2020 so far, if not my top 5.

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