Turnover Good Nature
Published Aug 23, 2017The creative shift continues for Turnover, the Virginia group that emerged six years ago as a cookie-cutter pop-punk band and have taken big steps since to remedy that. With their third record, they have now completely shed their former categorization and taken the plunge into a new dream-pop sound (with a dose of "yacht rock") that's all about atmosphere over anything else.
Here, Turnover invite you into a soothing 45 minutes of shimmering instrumentation and luscious harmonies, setting the perfect scene for singer Austin Getz's search for paradise. Standouts include the bright and chipper "Super Natural," the passionate "Sunshine Type" and the slow and sedative "Pure Devotion." Other songs, with titles such as "Breeze" and "Butterfly Dream," make it even clearer that considerable effort went into creating a comprehensively lush and serene ambience. Getz also makes the most of this calmer, quieter iteration of the band, completing his vocal evolution from weenie teen punk to silky-smooth crooner.
Unlike previous Turnover albums, Good Nature definitely isn't energetic. There are no surprises here; the band make their way through these songs at a leisurely, meandering pace, rarely hastening from a walk to even a jog and never rising above an indoor voice. Some listeners — particularly older fans — might only find it useful in inducing an afternoon nap (which, granted, isn't even much of a criticism). 2015's Peripheral Vision was indeed more dynamic and, for that reason, might remain their strongest effort for the time being. But let yourself sink into Good Nature, and you'll find yourself in a place of idyllic beauty. (Run For Cover)