Turnover
Peripheral Vision


4.0
excellent

Review

by nigelgrab USER (9 Reviews)
April 30th, 2015 | 456 replies


Release Date: 05/04/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Change without compromise.

Before hearing 'Peripheral Vision' in full, I was expecting to be sorely disappointed. The change in style the singles showed off made me worry that Turnover would pull a Title Fight - that is, to compromise songwriting and emotion in the attempt to sound more "mature". Thankfully, Turnover instead produced an album with a clear aesthetic change, while maintaining the strong songwriting and emotional weight of their past work.

The opening track 'Cutting My Fingers Off' illustrates this change. The guitar parts, vocal lines and lyrics sound like much of their previous work, but with echo on the vocals and distortion removed from the guitars. And this aesthetic actually works really well here, due in part to the type of haziness present here. It's not a haze that acts as an musical and emotional barrier between the band and the listener. Instead, it's one which makes every line sung by vocalist Austin Getz linger just enough to strengthen his melodies amongst a backdrop of watery broken chords. This complements the introspective lyrics present throughout the album, making each line sound a little more sad and internal, as though each line is no more than a thought. In this way, Turnover still very much take from Emo without sounding like most music in the genre, in the same way they did on their previous album, Magnolia.

Much of the success Turnover have in this aesthetic shift comes from Getz's vocal style itself, in that it works just as well if not better here without any major change in his delivery. Take for instance the track 'I Would Hate You If I Could', which was actually on an EP released around the time Magnolia was. The original version of the track was enjoyable but slightly incohesive, featuring verses similar to those found on Peripheral Vision, with a chorus consisting of distorted guitar parts and more angsty vocal delivery. The present version feels much more complete, as Austin's slightly more mellow echoed vocals nicely complement the cleaner instrumentals. The overall aesthetic found on Peripheral Vision actually complements Austin's gentle baritone vocal delivery much better Magnolia's crunchy, twinkly aesthetic did. This is more than just an add-reverb-and-stir approach, or simply playing like 90s shoegaze bands - Turnover use their shift in style to create more cohesive music.

The only major gripe I have with this album is that many of the tracks here open in the same way - fade in broken chord guitar chord, followed by a possible vocal line, and then verse, chorus and so on. As such, the song openings do get slightly monotonous. However, this type of opening does work really well in many tracks here, particularly as a way to ease listeners into the album with the aforementioned opener 'Cutting My Fingers Off'.

Overall, Peripheral Vision should serve as an example for bands wanting to mature their sound. It's not at all about sounding less angsty and "going soft". It's about finding a sound that meshes well with the vocals and song structure to create a more cohesive sound, while maintaining the same emotional weight and solid songwriting. Turnover accomplish this on Peripheral Vision, and in doing so have matured their sound without compromise.

Recommended Tracks: Cutting My Fingers Off, Humming, Hello Euphoria, I Would Hate You If I Could.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
dimsim3478
April 29th 2015


7728 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The change in style the singles showed off made me worry that Turnover would pull a Title Fight


Blue Dream actually had me worried about this as I thought it was subpar, but the pre-release singles for this album picked my hopes back up.



Turnover still very much take from Emo without sounding like most music in the genre, in the same way they did on their previous album, Magnolia.


Agreed, even with the change in style they're still Turnover and still maintain an individual sound.

calgarydude12
April 29th 2015


260 Comments


Checking this out tonight, so far its pretty good. Good review

SnakeDelilah
April 29th 2015


20010 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

so i guess this is better than hyperview?

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mazalthan
April 29th 2015


87 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Dig this review, excited to delve into this album even more.



@Snake... Definitively better.

nigelgrab
April 30th 2015


20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this is far better than Hyperview. Thanks for the feedback y'all!

Lettuce
April 30th 2015


133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dizzy on the Comedown is so fucking good

henryChinaski
April 30th 2015


3895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is so good. Definitely getting this when it comes out. Nice write-up!

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RivalSkoomaDealer
April 30th 2015


1603 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I like this direction better than on Magnolia. Good review too!

Cygnatti
April 30th 2015


32239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Summary should be something like "life after pop punk does exist~"

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oldsoul
April 30th 2015


258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Solid review, I've been enjoying this a good bit.

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Cygnatti
April 30th 2015


32239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Rly don't think this is your kinda non-pop punx, hep kat.

dimsim3478
April 30th 2015


7728 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

mmm but it's that kinda pop punk + shoegazey dream pop shit so ya never know how hep's gonna react



nah he's not gonna like

andrianoc
April 30th 2015


141 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Humming is so damn good

Atari
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2015


22840 Comments


album was nice enough from what i heard, kinda surprised at the high ratings so far though

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loveisamixtape
April 30th 2015


7447 Comments


that tempo change in take my head though

oldsoul
April 30th 2015


258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not to mention the ridiculously catchy chorus it has

Matte
April 30th 2015


600 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is great. I think they pulled off the shoegazey emo sound better than most bands who have tried.

Cygnatti
May 1st 2015


32239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is kinda cool i think

Scoot
May 1st 2015


18782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is excellent

loveisamixtape
May 1st 2015


7447 Comments


their last album grew on me so much and i feel like this is gonna do the same. can't help but feel like there are a couple of fillers on this one though



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