Listening to Turnover’s latest release, Good Nature, feels like stepping outside on the first sunny day after a cold, dark winter. The album radiates warmth, as well as carrying a subtle sense of nostalgia throughout each track. Produced by Will Yip, Good Nature is a beautiful record that is equal parts introspective and universal, approached by the now three-piece band with a newfound maturity and inner peace which feels present throughout.
Much like 2015’s Peripheral Vision, Good Nature is very dreamy and ambient from a musical standpoint. The instrumentals are a natural progression from Peripheral Vision, however the dark themes that loomed in the previous full-length are traded in for a much more optimistic understanding of the world. Austin Getz’s relaxed vocals gently convey the ever-so-relatable themes of the album, which largely focus on personal growth. Good Nature, to a degree, feels like the band coming to peace with the unresolved pain that persisted throughout their earlier releases.
The album flows absolutely seamlessly from one track to the next, each track carrying a reflective and soulful feeling. It begins with the two singles released earlier this summer—“Super Natural” and “Sunshine Type”. The tracks are warm and easy to listen to, setting the tone for the album. Immediately, it is clear that the natural world is a huge influence for Turnover—from the album and song titles, album artwork, lyrics, and airy sound that persists in each song.
Perhaps the most important track on the album, “Curiosity”, feels comforting and uplifting, while trying to get the point across that “We all have a little curiosity / We’re so wide-eyed / It gets hard to look at things from different perspectives / What you think is backwards could be inside out.” This track feels like a thoughtful reflection on figuring out how to understand the world we live in, how we relate to others, and how we understand our own place. This is one of the driving themes of Good Nature, and an important reminder to constantly be trying to learn, grow, and understand.
There is a sense of maturity that reveals itself on Good Nature—the kind that comes from letting go of anger and bitterness and learning to accept love and kindness. On “Nightlight Girl”, Austin Getz recites, “I want to watch you while you glow in the dark / Want you to realize you can glow if you want to / You got to love yourself for all that you are / Want you to know that baby, you are my nightlight girl,” a sharp contrast from some of the much more resentful and dark lyrics on Peripheral Vision.
One of the tracks that stands out the most on Good Nature is “All That It Ever Was”. Lyrically, this is one of the most propulsive songs, driving home the frequently repeated message of selflessness. Getz sings, “Take what you’ve got / Give it away / Nothing belonged to you in the first place / If they’re all us / And we’re all them / Then it’s like trading between your own hands.” The soft, acoustic introduction to the track really draws the listener in, creating a nice contrast from the bouncy, upbeat track that precedes it. It is a powerful track on the album that is a not-so-subtle reminder to stay grounded and evaluate the things that are truly most important in life, a theme which is persistent throughout the album.
The album comes to a close with “Bonnie (Rhythm & Melody), a serene song which wraps up the album in a lovely way. Good Nature, overall, is upbeat, dreamy, and full of heart. It will leave you feeling whole, and cause you to reflect on what really matters to you. The optimism and happiness that the album projects is subtle and genuine—a sense of pure bliss. Good Nature is the beginning of a beautiful new chapter for Turnover, showcasing their maturity and growth as a band both lyrically and musically.
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