Exclusive – Stream The Growlers’ “Beach Goth” New Album ‘Chinese Fountain’

The Growlers’ clash of sun-drenched guitars and Cure-style 1980s post-punk influences on new album ‘Chinese Fountain’ led the band to recently describe it as “beach goth.” Which is about right, really: think Robert Smith building a sandcastle in on a postcard-perfect Marbella vista beneath a parasol, still unable to entirely shake off a looming sensation of despair, and you’re not far off. Opener ‘Big Toe’ posits its “ruined” narrator “on a bridge looking down at the old cold river” to cascading guitar melodies, while ‘Magnificent Sadness’ is rife with the sort of poeticised melancholy Alex Turner used to deal with in spades. It’s a lusher, more restrained iteration of the Growlers than spied on last year’s Tame Impala-ish ‘Not.Psych!’, and we’ve got it to stream exclusively below. Give it a listen now – we reckon you’ll like it.