Turnover‘s journey from out-of-love East Coast pop-punks to squeaky clean dream-os has been a real tale of a band refusing to stop their growth.
In 2013, they were releasing ‘Magnolia’, a record so full of bitterness and angst and throbbing pop-punk that it became worshipped by any kid that’s ever hated their hometown. Yet, while that brought its own rewards, it was followed by a change, and arguably their best record too in ‘Peripheral Vision’ – a triumphantly successful shift towards a more rounded, indie-emo sound that became the classic of this now cult band.
2017’s ‘Good Nature’ rode on the wave of its predecessor’s successes, keeping the mood easy across another selection of glistening, lusciously shiny melodies. So, as album number four rolls around, fans begin to question – where next? A band that’s become so well-considered for their lay-back, feet-up appeal, how do they reinvent the wheel? The answer: they don’t, they just keep it rolling.
‘Altogether’ is Turnover in motion – again, making music that’s swinging, light, and groovy. It feels like the band are settled on their style, only toying with it to keep it interesting when necessary. But, don’t worry, the headline news here is that this record isn’t that far a departure from the Turnover found on ‘Good Nature’, but enough for it not be expectant or boring, as the group continue to strike a fine balance (as ever).
The secret ingredient here is jazz, and plenty of it. There’s always that typical swing to Casey Getz‘s drum work, but here, it’s matched with airy, funky percussion and piano on ‘Sending Me Right Back’, or the bounce of muted synths on ‘Much After Feeling’, and, heck, even a smack of sexy sax of the wonderful ‘Ceramic Sky’. Vocalist/guitarist Austin Getz has got his groove on here, and this refreshed Turnover is sounding all the slicker for it.
Even still, there are a few instances that make you say “Yeah, okay, this is definitely a Turnover record.” ‘Number On The Gate’ and ‘Plant Sugar’ feel like tracks that would’ve been well-suited to slotting onto ‘Good Nature’, as typically chorus-led guitars glide along, providing a decent shake-up to the jazziness on offer otherwise.
But, such is the nature of Getz‘s gentle vocals and laid-back guitar tracks that Turnover have their staple indie-emo sound (now with added jazz), and ‘Altogether’ is just yet another reminder of their consistent quality.