Song of the Week – Talking Straight, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Ignored           Obscured            Restored

The Melbourne, Australia based Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever had a good 2018.  They released an album, Hope Downs, that found its way onto many “best of” lists last year and also played to huge American audiences at the 2018 Coachella Festival.

I like their sound.  It reminds me a little of early R.E.M.  Take, for instance, “Talking Straight,” today’s SotW.

Jangly guitars provide a galloping rhythm that evokes mid-‘80s modern rock.  The vocals are like The Only Ones’ Peter Perrett.  (Remember “Another Girl, Another Planet?”)

The song’s writer, singer/guitarist Joe White, has been quoted suggesting that the track is about loneliness.

I’m hopeless, no embrace
I wanna know
I wanna know where the silence comes from
Where space originates

“The idea in this song is that we might be lonely, but we could be lonely together.”

Enjoy… until next week.

One thought on “Song of the Week – Talking Straight, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

  1. Excellent tune, I like it. I get the Only Ones reference, but I’m not sure this one goes that far. Is that because times have changed or because context has changed?

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