Following their hugely impressive two EPs Talk Tight & The French Press, Ivy League Records is incredibly proud to announce the release of Hope Downs – the highly-anticipated debut album from renowned Melbourne outfit, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. The record, an undeniably rich and sophisticated collection of passionate guitar pop, is out Friday June 15.
Hope Downs was largely written over the past year in the band's Melbourne rehearsal room where their previous releases were also written and recorded. The band's core trio of songwriters— Fran Keaney, Joe White, and Tom Russo—hunkered down and wrote as the chaos of the world outside unavoidably seeped into the songwriting process. “We were feeling like we were in a moment where the sands were shifting and the world was getting a lot weirder. There was a general sense that things were coming apart at the seams and people around us were too”. Russo explains. “The songs on this album are like a collection of postcards about wider things that were going on through the lens of these small characters.”
The album title, taken from the name of a vast open cut mine in the middle of Australia, refers to the feeling of “standing at the edge of the void of the big unknown, and finding something to hold on to.”
Indeed, Hope Downs possesses a robust full-band sound that's all the more impressive considering the band's studio avoidance tendencies. Fans of Talk Tight and The French Press, certainly won't be disappointed here—but might also be surprised at how the band’s sound has grown.
Vinyl is 180g black, with download card included.
SIDE A: 1. An Air Conditioned Man 2. Talking Straight 3. Mainland 4. Time In Common 5. Sister’s Jeans SIDE B: 6. Bellarine 7. Cappuccino City 8. Exclusive Grave 9. How Long? 10. The Hammer