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  • 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.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
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  1. Jun 15, 2018
    91
    Hope Downs more than delivers on the promise of the Melbourne quintet’s two early EPs, doubling down on the melancholy pop it forged on 2015’s Talk Tight and last year’s The French Press while also polishing its sound.
  2. Jun 14, 2018
    90
    Even with the songwriting differences, Hope Downs sounds like a unified partnership between five musicians who've known each other for most of their lives.
  3. Jun 18, 2018
    89
    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.
  4. Q Magazine
    Jun 6, 2018
    80
    Hope Downs shows how jangling indie should be done. [Summer 2018, p.114]
  5. Jun 11, 2018
    80
    Hope Downs is as good a reminder as any that life’s a blast. Head to the beach, you’ve found the soundtrack.
  6. Jun 15, 2018
    75
    At 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.
  7. 60
    It’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.

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  1. Oct 16, 2018
    8
    "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

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