Turnover
Peripheral Vision


5.0
classic

Review

by ReindeerAge USER (3 Reviews)
September 2nd, 2021 | 100 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “it was one of those uneventful times that seem at the moment only a link between past and future pleasure, but turns out to be the pleasure itself.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Threaded throughout Peripheral Vision are speculations on desire: what was a past relationship’s significance? Will being in love be enough for me? What does a new relationship portend to be? Grandfathered into the record’s fabric is an immediate sense of nostalgia - a longing for what was, what might’ve been, what might never be. It stands on the precipice between romantic hope and cathartic fantasy; sunbathing in those sweet nothings from a girl in the crowd who you now can only access through memory.

Some albums are inextricably linked to personal experiences; times in one’s life that somehow a record hold the mnemonic keys to. This happens to be one of mine. While there is something fundamentally American about Peripheral Vision, a hazy mid-west milieu I can only obliquely grasp at (there are shades of American Football here, I am certain), for me Peripheral Vision mapped perfectly onto the balmy nights of an Australian summer, the record somehow tapping into such memories of post-adolescent romanticism that coloured my life at the time.

The record’s tunnel-vision for tortured intimacy is undeniable, sharing all the thematic hallmarks of pop-punk/emo bands such as Turnover’s label mates or rather the scene at large; but I cant help but feel here it’s done differently. Austin Getz's lyrics are imagistic, creative and daring. “Cut my brain into hemispheres / I want to smash my face until its nothing but ears / I want to paint my drain with a little red stain tonight” is a shockingly dark admission to pair with ‘Take My Head’’s cutesy guitar refrain and warm fuzzy palette. Elsewhere, he coins phrases that typifies the heady 20-something depressive populating metal shows every weekend - “adolescent dreams / gave to adult screams ... just another dream that’s better than my life.” Centre stage though are ruminations on companionship and confounded social anxieties - “With you tonight, I know that I can make out / With you I can make it out alive.” Getz taps into the magic of desire and longing, the accession of requited love and the lulls in between.

The record succeeds because of its consistency; each song glows with the lilt of a soft synth or reverb decay frozen through the grills of Getz’s Roland Chorus. Nothing here is too adventurous, in fact the bands enthusiasm for easy-listening has led to successive lesser records which simultaneously amplify and cloud Peripheral Vision’s triumph of longevity. The balance of the record is fantastic considering how awkward plucky clean-channel fenders can sound (watch the live versions of these songs for a comparison).

When reflecting back on our lives, it often seems opportune to wash away the trials and regrets, the anxieties and setbacks, only leaving a stained glass mirage to peer through. It’s fitting that Peripheral Vision’s opening lines sets the record up to be a vessel of nostalgia. Perhaps a worldwide pandemic has led me to reflect on times when this record soundtracked my life, kicking back at gigs and opening shows for bands much better than mine. Ultimately though, Peripheral Vision has aged gracefully, serving to highlight feelings from a different era, however hazy and silhouetted they may eventually be.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
YoYoMancuso
Contributing Reviewer
September 2nd 2021


16573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is a beautiful review for a beautiful album. keep writing my friend!

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JesperL
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2021


4513 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

pos'd, keep writing plz [2]

that final sentence is perfect, still spinning this at least like once a week

WatchItExplode
September 2nd 2021


9714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

All the homies love Peripheral Vision.

twlight
September 2nd 2021


6406 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

amazing album, takes me back to some good memories

Rawmeeth38
September 2nd 2021


2010 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah this album slaps

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2021


58848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

damn I'll never get this one

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2021


48931 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i remember this, somehow

Pikazilla
September 2nd 2021


23176 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

nice one, trebs

maxer
September 2nd 2021


512 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review, correct rating!



I still love this as much as when I first heard it, maybe even more

Purpl3Spartan
September 2nd 2021


4090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, good album

ReindeerAge
September 3rd 2021


11 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks for the praise, was a personal one!

FilteredSeaMen
September 3rd 2021


2 Comments


LSD is such a good song

deathofasalesman
September 3rd 2021


8383 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

WOAH that first paragraph is spotless, great review

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TalonsOfFire
Emeritus
September 3rd 2021


20174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, album is great and addicting.

I happened to just listen to the follow-up a couple days ago for the first time. Sure it’s not as good as this but I still enjoyed it, underrated I’m thinking.

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kevbogz
September 3rd 2021


4709 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

g r a n d f a t h e r e d

twlight
September 3rd 2021


6406 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

5 i'm thinking...

JayEnder
September 3rd 2021


14720 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the most perfect albums of all time. Cutting My Fingers Off is a classic, pretty much everything is



Very nice review too man.

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Sowing
Moderator
September 3rd 2021


41309 Comments


Pretty sure this has been rec'd to me a hundred times and I still haven't heard it.
Good review.

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JayEnder
September 3rd 2021


14720 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh wow Sowing, this is essential. You would absolutely love it.

haesslichermensch
September 3rd 2021


123 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I remember listening a couple of years back to this album because it appeared on someone's best list. At that time being mostly into different metal genres I found it utterly boring. I listened to it a couple of times and the album just flies by, but now in a good way. Strangely, crossing between borders constantly between nostalgia and uplifting sounds. Damn good!



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