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Hope Downs

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Hope Downs

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

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  1. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    Not a single bad song on here
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  2. 9.0 |   All Music

    It's a small-scale triumph of hooks and guitars from a band whose members have figured it all out and delivered a debut album that comes as close to perfect as any guitar pop album can
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  3. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Timeless in its past and future reach
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  4. 8.9 |   Paste Magazine

    Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have more tricks up their sleeves, it seems. For a debut, though, a couple tricks are enough, especially when you’ve already mastered them
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  5. 8.1 |   Gig Soup

    At the first listen you may really like this record, and the following time it is already on loop. While going through the third play, you have missed the bus downtown for the appointment you had
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  6. 8.1 |   Pitchfork

    Applies their infectious brand of motorik jangle rock to lovelorn ruminations and geopolitical laments
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  7. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    RBCF have pulled together ten songs that drift from indie, to country, to pop, inside a single verse
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  8. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    The rolling riff of Sister’s Jeans is so damn good the listener is forced to throw any cynicism to the wind
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  9. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    As good a reminder as any that life’s a blast
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  10. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Full of instantly memorable tunes with echoes of classic bands like R.E.M. and the Cure
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  11. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    A tremendously satisfying listen
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  12. 8.0 |   The Music

    Confident guitar interplay abounds, complex without becoming histrionic, while their default laid-back vibe permeates the lyrics, rhythms and melodies of catchy tunes like Mainland, Time In Common and Exclusive Grave
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  13. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Keeping guitar rock on life support
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  14. 8.0 |   Q

    Make jangling indie sound vital again. Print edition only

  15. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    With their debut full-length Hope Downs, the band look to consolidate their justified amount of hype, and, for the most part, generally succeed
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  16. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    RBCF are a welcome addition to the range of Australian guitar bands taking the world by storm, their confident debut an exploration of angular v. melodic guitars and energetic rhythms
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  17. 7.0 |   Clash

    Far from perfect, but it has charm in abundance
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  18. 6.9 |   Earbuddy

    One thing noticeable about Hope Downs is how much the band frontloads the album. It feels like its best songs come at the beginning
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  19. 6.0 |   DIY

    Sunny, memorable hooks by the pound
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