Review Summary: idk man sometimes i don't want to move it move it
Whether you like it or not, Peripheral Vision
is all that really matters for Turnover. Regardless of your thoughts on the band’s 2015 NOTSHOEGAZEHOWDAREYOU record, its very existence is bound to fund their bucket hats and shrooms for the foreseeable future. Sure, Turnover’s 2022 setlists may sprinkle in a few tracks from the music thingies they released post-Periph
, but it’s hard to imagine any crowd favouring that stuff over the likes of ‘Cutting My Fingers Off’, ‘Take My Head’ or ‘Humming’.
That being said, Good Nature
was somewhat impressive in being equal parts easy-listening and mildly irritating, largely thanks to a guitar tone leaning too heavily into the nature theme by sounding like a goddamn mosquito. Similarly, Altogether
expertly compensated for the addition of interesting elements (read: synths) to Turnover’s songs with utterly boring songwriting, rendering the entire record forgettable and ultimately disposable. Fast forward three years, it’s time for Myself In The Way
! Where will this album land in the Turnover discography?
The easiest way of answering this question might just be by means of one of my favourite memes: an image of a pixelated lemur sitting on a branch accompanied by a voice saying “idk man, sometimes I don’t want to move it move it”. In essence, Myself In The Way
is another batch of mostly boring tracks the band threw together because the good folks over at Run For Cover Records need to be fed as well. It’s full of synths that don’t add much of anything (seriously, imagine how marginally better “Wait Too Long” would have been without those oil deficient window wipers) and autotune that would have been more useful during Turnover’s 2015 Audiotree session. While the Brendan Yates feature on ‘Myself In The Way’ is funny for further Turnover/Turnstile confusion, the decision to have the Very Hype vocalist contribute a Boring outro to a Boring song is, uh, ballsy, I guess.
Every once in a while, Myself In The Way
’s commitment to boringness leads to some Nice Music. ‘Bored of God/Orlando’ is adequately dreamy and actually incorporates
its synths into the song rather than just slapping them on top. Elsewhere, ‘Ain’t Love Heavy’ succeeds at being a vibey dancey track, largely due to a Bre Morell feature allowing you to forget that this is a song by a band that used to make music that sounds like it cared about, uh, something. Don’t get me wrong, I am glad that Turnover don’t have to care about stuff anymore. Good for them. I just don’t care about their stuff that doesn’t care about caring uh yeah idk man sometimes I don’t want to move it move it.