Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s debut album Hope Downs is set to release on June 15, and in anticipation of the album, the band has released the third single and album opener: “An Air Conditioned Man.” Accompanying the track is a lyric video whose perspective rolls through city streets like the viewer is on auto-pilot.
The sped-up pace of the video and jostling of the camera emulates a car speeding through a city at night, and gives the video an anxious quality as lyrics like “still in a solid state” slip through. The dizzying turns and flashing city lights become even more chaotic when the legs of pedestrians are spliced into the video halfway through.
“This song follows the slow burning panic of a salary man,” says vocalist Fran Keaney. “The world around him has become artificial and automated. A street triggers a realization of what he’s lost.” “An Air Conditioned Man” follows a pair of previous Hope Downs singles, “Mainland” and “Talking Straight.”
It is only towards the end of the song that the viewer gains a reprieve; the vehicle drives into a car wash and the soap splashed across the windshield washes out the night, and the song’s urgent sound, heightened by the visuals, somewhat mellows. The video ends with the windshield, and so the audience’s view into the world of the music video, being wiped off, but remaining too blurry to see through.
The video for “An Air Conditioned Man” can be viewed below, and the band’s forthcoming album Hope Downs is available for preorder in multiple formats, the details of which can be accessed here. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s upcoming tour dates are included further down below.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Tour Dates:
17 – Brighton, U.K. @ The Great Escape Festival
18 – Nottingham, U.K. @ Rescue Rooms
20 – Glasgow, U.K. @ CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts
21 – Manchester, U.K. @ Gorilla – SOLD OUT
22 – London, U.K. @ Electric Ballroom
24 – Paris, France @ Point Ephemere
26 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ London Calling at Paradiso
27 – Groningen, Netherlands @ Vera
28 – Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
29 – Berlin, Germany @ Lido
31 – Brussels, Belgium @ AB Club
02 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound
05 – St. Albans, U.K. @ The Horn
06 – Birmingham, U.K. @ The Hare & Hounds
07 – Guildford, U.K. @ Boileroom
08 – Porto, Portugal @ Primavera Porto
22 – North Byron Parklands, Australia @ Splendour in the Grass
11 – Rees-Haldern, Germany @ Haldern Pop Festival
16 – Trondheim, Norway @ Pstereo Festival
17 – Bigginghuizen, Netherlands @ Lowlands Festival
18 – Kiewit, Belgium @ Pukkelpop Festival
19 – Brecon Beacons, U.K. @ Green Man Festival
21 – Dublin, Ireland @ Whelans
01 – Seattle, Wash. @ Bumbershoot Festival