TURNOVER: GOOD NATURE
If Good Nature was your first introduction to Turnover you’d probably assume they were born and raised SoCal boys, hitting the beach with their surfboards daily and living life with a glass of wine in hand and their toes in the sand. This assumption fed by the breezy melodies and scenes of paradises laced throughout the album would be shattered the second you dipped back into their discography. Their first release, Magnolia, is punk through and through, even 2015’s Peripheral Vision just barely begins to flirt with some dream-pop elements.
While Good Nature isn’t completely from out in left field, it still shows a stylistic jump that many bands can’t quite make. Inspired by the Beach Boys, George Harrison, and Toro y Moi, the album skates past all growing pains. Instead of coming across like an awkward middle ground the band plunges straight in leaving themselves almost unrecognizable from their emo phase.
Kicking its shoes off, “Supernatural” starts the album off dulcet and dreamy. A stark contrast to Peripheral Visions’ “Cutting My Fingers Off,” which offered only slight resistance to their hard-core origins. Instead the album trades in black jeans for board shorts, a move best-expressed on “Sunshine Type.” Admitting to being “more of a relaxing in the sunshine type of person” the song shimmers bathed in a beachy heat that’s almost tangible.
The album is in constant limbo between consciousness and a heavy-eyed state seconds before sleeping. This theme of transcendence is one that Getz explores beyond just sound. In “Bonnie,” it’s falling in love with her that makes him untouchable. Completely removed from reality the song drifts into the 5th dimension, a glittering universe all its own. On “Living Small” however, its drug-induced escapades that sweep Getz away. In a moment of clarity, “Butterfly Dream” exposes these escapes as illusions and leaves him with his metaphorical walls crumbling down. However instead of cowering in fear, the sound of his walls crashing down becomes ‘the prettiest sound that I ever heard.’
Another overarching theme addressed throughout the album is individualism. Blazing their own trail away from the previously beaten path, Turnover emphasizes the importance of your own intuition. Criticism in “Breeze” falls upon deaf ears as Getz rejects the constant stream of negativity that people are so drawn to and consumed by. “Curiosity” underscores the importance of keeping an open mind. Refusing to submit to a set of beliefs as a result of societal pressures Getz urges people to ‘do your own research and have your own opinions.’
Good Nature is a blunder of lush melodies with a saccharine pop sheen. The transitions are seamless making it feel like the sound track to a never ending summer. Despite doubts in changing their course so drastically, Good Nature could convince anyone that Turnover are California natives.