Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have announced their third studio album Endless Rooms with a dashing new single titled The Way It Shatters.
The new song, released today (February 3rd), shines with shrill, layered guitars, snappy drum fills and soaring vocal melodies. Despite its lively tones, however, “The Way It Shatters” reigns supreme with dark, lyrical undertones. Here’s how the chorus goes: “It’s a routine havoc / Around your house / If you were in the boat / Would you turn the other way? Lost in a magazine town / It all falls apart again / And in my head I tell myself / It’s all just a necessary evil.”
The track comes with a music video directed by Nick Mckk, who the band previously worked with on clips for Sideways To New Italy edits “Cameo”, “Cars In Space” and “She’s There”. It picks up on the album’s darker themes, Mckk said in a press release, explaining this Groundhog Day-inspired concept.
“The new album has a nocturnal feel to it, so we wanted to try and shoot it at sunset,” he said. “French [Keaney, vocals/guitar] had the idea to revive memories, reset the groundhog day style, but every time we come back the world is a little different. The attraction of light acts as a narrative device that lures Joe in and out of this house of memories.”
Watch the video for The Way It Shatters below:
Endless Rooms is out May 6th via Ivy League/Sub Pop. The follow-up to 2020’s ‘Sideways To New Italy’ was described by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever as ‘the band that does things [they] best: chasing songs together in a room”.
While they’ve never shied away from more story-based songwriting, the band has claimed that LP3 is “almost an anti-concept album.” Given the record’s title, the band noted that “Endless Rooms” is a nod to their “love of creating worlds [their] Songs” and say they approach each track as if it were “an empty space to be built with infinite possibilities”.
In a four-star review of Sideways To New Italy, NMEs Rhys Buchanan said the record “may sound like sun-kissed indie for good times, but there’s a lot of angst buried in it. However, this is also clearly the sound of a band looking forward to being in the studio together; Warmth and friendship ooze through every note.
“Rolling Blackouts have obviously been thinking a lot about their home lately – who hasn’t? – and here they seem to have found it in each other.”