- Summary: The debut full-length release for the Australian indie rock quintet was co-produced with Liam Judson and recorded live in a house in the Australian bush.
- Record Label: Sub Pop
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
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Q MagazineJun 6, 2018Hope Downs shows how jangling indie should be done. [Summer 2018, p.114]
Jun 15, 2018At 10 tracks and 36 minutes, Hope Downs isn't a great deal longer than either of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever's previous two EPs and perhaps the only disappointment here is that their sound doesn't feel particularly expanded upon in the long-player format.
Jun 13, 2018It’s a peculiar record and one that involves a push-and-pull between two extremes; on the one hand, the instrumentation is wound tight and built around sharp melodies that, at their best, are difficult to shake off--‘Bellarine’ and ‘Sister’s Jeans’ in particular are real earworms.
Positive: 2 out of 2
Mixed: 0 out of 2
Negative: 0 out of 2
Feb 23, 2019Following two excellent EPs from 2017, the debut album from this Australian band continues to move them to the front of the pack. The songsFollowing two excellent EPs from 2017, the debut album from this Australian band continues to move them to the front of the pack. The songs are fresh and lively, combining buoyant rhythms and jangle-pop melodies with atonal guitar chords, rollicking lead licks and a dark, quirky energy flow. On the first track alone, you get a Motown bass run, angular psych/noise guitar riffs and urgently deadpan indie vocals. And that’s just the start of one captivatingly creative song after another. Sometimes recalls bands like Blank Realm, The Strokes, Dick Diver, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, The Feelies, Television Personalities, Salad Boys, Parquet Courts. With its consistently strong songwriting, pervasive sense of edgy free-flowing fun and fluid tremolo pop twang “Hope Downs” has tapped into something special. Each song feels like it could keep going forever—and you wish it would. Highly Recommended.… Expand
Oct 16, 2018"Hope Downs" opens with a bang as the blistering "An Air Conditioned Man" opens proceedings. This is a glorious piece of jangly indie rock,"Hope Downs" opens with a bang as the blistering "An Air Conditioned Man" opens proceedings. This is a glorious piece of jangly indie rock, hints of Joe Strummer if he had grown up on a beach kind of vibe. "Talking Straight" continues this impressive start to the album, melody drenched guitars, passionate vocals and intensity throughout. There are a couple of more serious high points on the album but the general standard is really good throughout. For a debut, it's got the brilliant energy that should be a minimum requirement but it also packs a serious punch. Frantic songs yet full of quality, mature sound yet remaining fun, accessible yet complex. This is straight up indie guitar stuff but if that's what floats your boat then this is super stuff.… Expand
Published: November 26, 2018Over the next month, we'll be collecting year-end top 10 album lists from over 200 music critics, publications, record stores, and other sources. Find all of the individual lists and 2018's consensus rankings inside.
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