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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s The French Press

Artist: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Album: “The French Press”

Label: Sub Pop Records

Format Reviewed: Digital Advance

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever may be a mouthful to say, but the latest EP from the Melbourne-based quintet, “The French Press,” is an earful of groovy goodness. Filled with catchy tunes and summer-inspired surf guitar that crashes in and out of the songs like gentle waves, the six-track offering is an oyster packed with pearls.

“Julie’s Place” strikes a rhythm built to stream from earbuds on a barefoot beach run while “Sick Bug” seems inspired by the surroundings of a 90s dorm room where R.E.M. posters hung proudly over double bunks. Fran Keaney’s vocals have a calming effect, an unintended audio-therapy session that can be revisited over and over again. The only negative to “The French Press” is that there isn’t more of it.

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