Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - The French Press
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 38 ratings
2017 Ratings: #149
March 10, 2017 / Release Date
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81
Pitchfork

While working from an old, dog-eared indie rock blueprint, the Melbourne band take great delight in redrafting the lines.

80
No Ripcord

Each and every selection here has loads of character, confidently bringing back the kind of polished guitar dynamics that many contemporary indie rock bands either take for granted or don’t have the capacity to arrange into sharp, rock-sculpted songs.

70
AllMusic

If Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever's debut EP, 2016's Talk Tight, was an outstanding exercise in snarky jangle pop, their first release for Sub Pop Records, 2017's The French Press, is even better as pop music, and just snarky enough to prevent the music from sounding too sweet.

50
PopMatters

Ultimately, this record is for indie rock fans alone and can’t stretch past the borders of the genre.

Aug 3, 2017
EMR
75
A brief, solid look into the well-drafted world of indie-rock. There is a gripping sense of sweetness and touching warmth in this collection of tracks, as the band embraces guitar-led reveries as few contemporaries set out to, always showing a strong inclination for textured arrangements and deliciously energetic crossing over jangle-pop and dreamy folkish balladry. Discarding RBCF for not trying to overcome genre barriers would be naive and extremely unfair, since there is just so much ... read more
Mar 11, 2017
lemuriams
85
Brilliant EP!

All the songs on the album are catchy and sound like Real Estate in 2011, but do not say here about copying the style and something quite fresh, and most importantly! Not bored any moment!

Also i really love the cover photo.

Julie's Place, French Press, Sick Bug = 9 or 10/10.
Apr 5, 2018
70
Jangle pop from Australia–yeah, I know... But this EP is actually pretty good.
Apr 16, 2017
Fallendomino
77
If Real Estate and Parquet Courts had a baby, this would be the result. A beautifully uplifting EP, encapsulating the very best of the psychedelic, jangle, indie rock scene. Although nowhere near the performance as "Talk Tight", "The French Press" is a solid step in a new direction for a very under-appreciated band.

Notable Songs: "French Press"; "Julie's Place"; "Sick Bug"; "Dig Up"
Mar 14, 2017
NR
the logical progression of recent dolewave phase. inoffensive but forgettable.
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