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Sideways to New Italy

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Sideways to New Italy

Second full-length from the indie rock quintet from Melbourne, Australia

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  1. 9.0 |   Uncut

    It's romantic, it's exhilarating. Print edition only

  2. 8.6 |   Paste Magazine

    Rolling Blackouts C.F. continue to make a strong case as one of Australia’s most vital rock acts, if not the world’s
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  3. 8.1 |   Beats Per Minute

    Striking the balance between progression into new musical territory and refinement of their established sound, they come into their own on a record that presents a souped-up version of the band; Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Mark 2, if you will
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  4. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Exquisite jangle pop
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  5. 8.0 |   NME

    The once-chipper Melbourne five-piece reflect on sombre (and timely) notions of refuge and home – though, thankfully, the masterful guitar-pop remains
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  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    If Sideways To New Italy is a reckoning, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever's balance sheet is entirely in the black. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   The Music

    The heady rush of the band’s sound is still intact but there’s an additional sense of wistful reflection and a wider musical palette on Sideways To New Italy that takes their sound to even greater heights
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  8. 8.0 |   All Music

    The album is another strong point in the case that Rolling Blackouts are making the best guitar pop anywhere in 2020
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  9. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Aussie indie band’s second album might be the best guitar record of 2020 so far
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  10. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Their notable consistency and subtle growth prove this is an act constantly on the rise and one to continue to watch
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  11. 8.0 |   The Observer

    While it is excellent in places, Sideways to New Italy doesn’t quite rise to the same heights as its predecessor
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  12. 7.0 |   Gigwise

    Channeling a refreshing take on surf rock
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  13. 7.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    It’s an album that you can leave on the background at a patio party or really delve into its intricacies with headphones on
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  14. 7.0 |   Clash

    Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have produced an album that dangles a carrot of the possibilities of exploration at the time of the impossible, but they are absolutely better off for doing so
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  15. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Sideways to New Italy is not only the perfect summer companion, but it also makes room for a reflective experience
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  16. 6.6 |   Pitchfork

    The Melbourne quintet’s second album strolls through familiar territory with good guitar work and good songwriting that never quite peaks where it used to
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  17. 6.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Lyrically the album is teeming with romanticised dreams of home, both in the literal and emotional sense
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  18. 6.0 |   God Is In The TV

    A record that finds RBCF caught between the sound that made their debut such a delight, and a more expansive, commercial and far less interesting direction, the latter just about winning out. What a shame
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  19. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    What’s great about Sideways to New Italy is that it can be used as background noise, but anyone who has it in a vibe playlist will notice its' quality compared to its peers
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