The Growlers: I'll Be Around
The Growlers latest effort howls like the triumphant return of a group that never left and, as the tune suggests, plans to stick around. Married with the shadow-dwelling glam style of Julian Casablancas' production, the Costa Mesa boys have elevated the flurry influences that speckled the sands of Chinese Fountain to new levels of funk-dom.
Brooks' gravelly register has been smoothed to a warm crackle that froths in a cauldron of smoky neon and tropical percussion. An incessantly thumping bass-line serves as the tracks driving force that is spiced with synthesizers galore in an infectious and danceable breakdown. It's disco meets reggae with a splash of funk, all wrapped in a ghoulish goth blanket.