Having fully embraced a laid back, almost sun-soaked sound with their recent ‘Good Nature’ album, Turnover’s stylistic change has split opinions. Tonight is an opportunity to see if they can stir up a compelling live outing, something that their latest album lacks. Flanked by NYC-based RNB duo Palladino, a night of American-imported cool and blissfulness is on the cards.
Palladino consists of Justin Gilman and Ian Hurdle, who came together during their time with alt powerpop group, Diamond Youth. Along with a touring bassist, they quickly set their stall out with a mix harmonious vocals, groove-filled rhythms and dizzying and atmospheric keys. Turnover’s Austin Getz makes a quick guest appearance to add a funky guitar to the mix. While Gilman supplies a smooth, soulful vocal display throughout. On the whole, their set is pleasant and tranquil that eases the crowd ahead tonight’s headliners. (2.5/5)
As for Turnover, it’s no surprise they’re at home with performing the sun-soaked dream-pop that has proved to be the basis of their last two records. Tonight’s set picks out the best of ‘Peripheral Vision’ and ‘Good Nature’. The pairing of ‘Super Natural’ and ‘Nightlight Girl’ from the latter ease the band and crowd into their hour-long set. However, it is ‘Peripheral Vision’ highlights ‘Hello Euphoria’ and ‘Dizzy on the Comedown’ that bring the crowd alive.
Early on, it’s clear that a majority of the audience have struggled to connect with material from ‘Good Nature’. Songs such as ‘Sunshine Type’ and ‘Butterfly Dream’ are politely received but lack the enthusiasm older cuts ‘New Scream’ and ‘Humming’ receive later on. Nevertheless, Turnover are consistent in their delivery of a blissful set of hazy rock. As a collective, their musicianship is almost faultless with Getz’s being courteous, if slightly inaudible, in between songs.
While ‘Good Nature’ hasn’t been received well by some, tonight’s outing shouldn’t deter Turnover’s development. Although they’re not always engaging, they’re comfortable in their shoegaze-esque skin. (3/5)
Words by Sêan Reid (@SeanReid86)