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The Top 30 Albums Of 2020 (So Far): Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - ‘Sideways To New Italy’

1 July 2020 | 2:30 pm | Joe Dolan

'The Music' team on the albums you need to hear from 2020.

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"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."Chris Familton

Melbourne quintet Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have an incredible knack of lulling their listeners into a false sense of musical security, before chicaning into something wild yet welcome. 

Take Cars In Space: for the first 30 seconds the tune jangles along like a Smiths deep cut with shimmering guitar and emphatic vocals. And then? Saxophone. Suddenly, the chorus hits like ton of bricks and there’s no option but to just get up and dance. 

The entirety of Sideways To New Italy does this with peak precision, and the band have perfected the art of pulling the rug out from beneath their audience.


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