Album review: Turnover – Myself In The Way

Mellow emo-types Turnover relax even further on blissed-out fourth album, Myself In The Way.

Album review: Turnover – Myself In The Way
Nick Ruskell

It comes as no surprise at all to learn that during the pandemic, Turnover singer Austin Getz took a path less cluttered. Spending proper time at home in California for the first time since he moved there, he used the enforced non-touring months to get into meditation at his local Zen Buddhist dojo. When he wasn’t doing that, he explored his local wilderness on his bike, and took up horticulture.

Never exactly the most explosive of bands able to be (very) loosely tied to hardcore, it’s difficult not to think of all this as the band’s fourth album unwinds. In no rush to get where it’s going, instead it spreads out with a summer haziness, where warm synths and casual guitars meet under languid vocals. Austin’s mentioned that Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon and The Beatles’ trippy Magical Mystery Tour were influences. He didn’t need to tell us.

It’s a record that grooves and slithers, as they wind their way through Tears Of Change and the electronic bliss of Pleasures Galore. Guitars breathe in and out, adding melodic washes to everything, before they take an interlude break on the sax-tastic Stone Station (Reprise). And just as you’re thinking this all sounds very Turnstile on a Sunday morning, Brendan Yates pops up on the smooth title-track.

It’s very pleasantly chill, but after a while it does start to get a touch samey. Still, for those looking for something with vibe firmly in place, as ever, Turnover deliver exactly what you’re looking for here.

Verdict: 3/5

For fans of: Turnstile, American Football, Dashboard Confessional

Myself In The Way is released on November 4 via Run For Cover

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