For the friends of: Refused, Cold World, Minority Unit Genre: hardcore punk, alternative rock, experimental rock Year: 2021 Country: US Favorite track(s): 'Blackout', 'Holiday', and 'New Heart Design' Emoji: 👽 Random words: city
The third full-length album is sounding definitely like 'Turnstile' but they are still experimenting much more than previously. Musically they don't meet 'Refused' very closely, but there is still very much the same spirit in their music. Both are strongly coming from the hardcore scene but doing their own thing, experimenting and trying stuff and surprising the listeners while sounding extra tight. 'Turnstile' is an absolutely interesting band and it's hard to come up with anything that sounds exactly like them. This is definitely one of their strengths. One example is to include 'Blood Orange' as a featuring artist. It's pretty rare to see an R&B singer featuring in a hardcore album.
Track by track review:
'Mystery' One of the proofs that 'Turnstile' is not an ordinary hardcore band. The track is pretty catchy with clear vocal melodies and simple riff and structure. The whole soundscape has a strong connection to 90's alternative scene sounding something like 'Faith No More', 'Jane's Addiction' or 'Melvins' but with a fresh touch. And while sounding something from the '90s the song also sounds a lot like 'Turnstile'.
'Blackout' The change is pretty radical to the opening track but this is what 'Turnstile' is known for. The tracks can be very different but still, they support each other and do not sound too weird. The beat is brilliant and a good example of what small details can do. When the beat hits there is the small electric drum pad used which creates a great groove to the otherwise basic beat. When the chorus starts it's hard to keep your head still, I promise. The bridge after the chorus with only the beat sounds just so great with few percussions added. The whole structure of the song with the simple beat down in the end, as well as the "jungle" ending, is a perfect example of why 'Turnstile' is one of the most interesting hardcore/rock bands at the moment. One of my favorite tracks of the album
'Don't Play' Well, this one is a weird one. After the short burst of punk rock, the beat takes a turn towards a combination of hardcore riffs and some kind of dancehall or Latin drum beat. Later there is a piano melody coming in and some percussions which highlight the Latin vibe even more. To be honest, I have never heard anything like this, so need to give respect for coming up with something like this. But same time I am not a huge fan of this track. I just can't decide what I am listening and what to think about it.
'Underwater Boi' The intensity is dropped and 'Underwater Boi' goes to the same category as 'Mystery'. Actually, this kind of alternative rock song by 'Turnstile' works really well. The drumbeat combined with the simple bass line sounds super tight and the short echoey guitar solo in the middle of the track sounds nice. There are also well-made background sounds sounding actually like being underwater.
'Holiday' The bass line, in the beginning, is just awesome. It could even be something by 'Flea' from 'RHCP'. The track takes turns again between hardcore riffs and more melodic alternative vibes. The dynamics in the track are some of the best in the whole album and I like how same time it is not just an ordinary track but still quite easy to approach. One of my favorite tracks of the album.