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Turnover – Magnolia

Becci Stanley


With their blend of emo, pop-punk, indie and pure punk reminiscent heavily of the 90s, Turnover have amassed a steadily growing fan base from endless shows, solid records such as past releases like their split E.P with emo stars Citizen and their smash hit self-titled album. This brooding and catchy release offers a scathing outlook of the complexities of modern life with a certain grungy and heartfelt charm that is resurfacing fast and furiously within modern music culture.

Opening track Shiver oozes summer sunshine and infectious melodies with its tingling, sharp chords beginning the track in true pop punk fashion before crashing into swooning guitar hooks and lulling vocals caressing the stormy instrumentals which creates a harmonious juxtaposition of sounds and textures. After this comes Most Of The Time, much the same to the opening track it follows but with hooks bound to be catching the ears of any listener that happens to come across it, lyrics screaming for empathy and itching to rip out the hearts of fans, do whatever they can to fix them back to full health, metaphorically, and send you packing on your way. Turnover poured their hearts and souls into this record, in order to get in touch with yours.

Tracks like Seedwong, Pray For Me and Hollow are the most obvious of this lyrical healing process. With sombre tones and vocals reminiscent of an angsty teen mixed with a funeral dirge laced with the Smashing Pumpkins. These songs are morose, filled with deep and dark feelings we usually shun yet Turnover embrace; they make them beautiful with melodic and echoing vocals, twinkling guitars, and drums beating in time with your heart. They don’t let you suffer alone; their lyrics full of hope and mirroring problems that many of us face. Turnover are here for you through this healing and are ready to pull you back on your feet through baring their own deepest and darkest corners of themselves. A band with this kind of commitment could never ever be ignored.

Like A Whisper and To The Bottom throw the album back into its racing stride it started with adding thumping beats to the kind of mixture you can throw your arms into the air to and scream along to. The guitars chug along, the drums hammer away. It is an almost unnerving thing to listen to, but intriguing all the same. They master a storm of instruments and manage to harness it to their own melodic, alternative style.

Closing tack Daydreaming ends the album in climactic fashion. A harder edged track than the rest of the album; it contains ethereal vocals matching the song title perfectly, sombre subject matter battling against toughened instrumentals weaving their way throughout the words. It ends on a note of confusion and tranquility with poignant and piercing chords ending the album on an “off” note, a note of searching and longing.

It is a shame Turnover go almost unnoticed in their respective genre, as this album is an absolute triumph. It displays so much passion and dedication to both music and their listeners that they deserve more acclaim for their efforts. Magnolia is a solid and heartfelt release, bound to capture the heart of many and stand the test of time, not fall by the wayside as a flash hit.