Smooth new sounds
The beginning of Turnover as a band was a lot different than where they are at right now. From hard sounds to dream pop and anxious emo pop-punk to relaxing jazz sounds, the band is constantly evolving their style which makes the trio exciting, as the direction they will take is hard to predict. This makes the band loveable; life is full of changes so why can’t a band do the same? Produced by Will Yip, Altogether mirrors the thoughts and feelings of an introverted and socially awkward generation.
The first track on the album, “Still in Motion,” starts with a slow saxophone sequence, but after the first verse the song turns up the tempo and the melody is simultaneously uplifting and melancholic. The audience will experience a comeback of the saxophone with “Ceramic Sky.” “Much After Feeling,” the second song from the trio’s new album, is a perfect representation of what the album became. “Parties” is probably the most relatable song of the album—the urgent need to leave the party just to stay in where it’s comfortable and away from people. In the middle of the album, Turnover introduces new instruments to their fans, like the very prominent bongo part during “Sending Me Right Back.”
The melody in “Plant Sugar” contains hints of some later songs of The Cure but is lyrically more positive and hopeful. “Temporary Love” and “No Reply,” some of the deep cuts of the album, poetically wonder about the end of love. In “Temporary Love,” the chorus hits deep and there’s no doubt someone will use it as a quote for their Instagram after a breakup. It portrays the feeling when both people are aware the love is slowly dying and the relationship becomes more of a show they put on for each other before finally calling it quits.
Overall, Altogether masterfully manages to sum up emotion and daily situations in relationships. It invites people to relax while getting lost in a velvet-like dream atmosphere. Together, with the artful production, Turnover’s new album catches the attention of the audience. The band’s current sound is more mature and sophisticated. Lyrically the album is rich, deep and most importantly, relatable. Altogether is an album to actively listen to, as important parts of the lyrics and sounds will be lost if not listened to that way. The band successfully transforms typical situations into ten different songs. In just 34 minutes, the album sums it up: relationships are hard, sometimes the fantasy should stay a fantasy and parties can be uncomfortable.
Turnover truly created a special album that can satisfy their fans and win new ones.