Review: Turnover, ‘Peripheral Vision’
Watching the seemingly unending evolution of Turnover has been one of the best experiences I’ve had as a music fan. I talked about this last Summer when I reviewed ‘Blue Dream,’ and every word of that review still rings true. This band continues to evolve and to effortlessly jump between genres, all while still sounding like themselves. The transformation between their self-titled EP and ‘Magnolia’ was jarring for some, and I imagine the change between ‘Magnolia’ and ‘Peripheral Vision’ will elicit a similar response.
‘Peripheral Vision’ is an album that will cement the fact that Turnover knows how to write a pop song. Introducing us to the record with “Cutting My Fingers Off” was a brilliant move, because it’s the one song on the record that sounds the most like older material. From that point on, it’s the new Turnover that comes through, giving us a taste of the dreamy, 80’s tinged pop music this band so effortlessly delivers. While scrolling through the comments of the music video for the undeniable second single “New Scream” I saw somebody compare this band to The Cure. I know that they were more than likely only talking about the aesthetic of the video, but that comparison has stuck with me ever since.
There is an airy, lighthearted feeling to the music on this record, but the lyrics are still as thick as ever. Turnover has managed to genre hop without having to sacrifice anything that makes them the band they are. If “Humming” had hit a little harder, and felt a little more gruff, I could have easily seen this song on somewhere between “Seedwong” and “Hollow” on ‘Magnolia.’ That’s what I love about this band: their knack for creating continuity in differentiation.
One of the things that I enjoyed most about this rollout is that the singles were released in the order they’re presented on the album. They are tracks one, two, and three and they work just as well standalone as they do in context. If anything, those three songs are huge teases because they lead up to one of the strongest on the record. “Hello Euphoria” is a huge pop song that will be stuck in your head instantly. That opening repetition of “Thinner at the waistline, I’m getting thinner at the waistline” that forays into “I’m getting older in the face, every day there’s another new line, a new line” sets the tone for the semi-repetitive nature of the verses, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll end up praising that as one of the best characteristics of the track.
The true highpoint of this record is the song “Take My Head.” When I say this track is a monster, I mean it. This sounds like it was ripped right from 80’s pop radio, and has one of the most infectious choruses that this band has ever written. I’m constantly humming the melody or quietly singing “Cut my brain into hemispheres/I wanna smash my face ‘til it’s nothing but ears” while at work. There’s no way this song won’t be released as a single, and the sooner the better. This song could do so much for Turnover.
And then we’re greeted by the familiar face of “I Would Hate You If I Could.” This is the song that made Turnover one of my favorite bands. It was so well written, so catchy, and so next level. The blissful, re-recorded version of this song just feels at home in the context of this record, and I’m happy to see it somewhere other than on a split EP. This is another song that could do huge things for this band. What I’m saying is that it’s only a matter of time before people start to latch onto this golden gem.
Turnover is a band destined for great things. They have had one of the most interesting careers to follow in our scene, and I’m excited to see that continue. The constant evolution that this band brings to the table has always been rewarding, and ‘Peripheral Vision’ is easily the best work from Turnover yet. Hopefully people start to catch on before it’s too late, because with the release of this record, I wouldn’t be surprised if the general public started showing both Run For Cover and Turnover a little more than their fair share of love. 5/5