Heed Turnover’s advice: you should never confuse personal autonomy for external control.
Turnover’s 2017 single “Sunshine Type” professes the Virginian band’s belief in taking everything in stride. The song argues that, although you’re responsible for your own decisions, the world around is you a wholly unpredictable place. An intrinsically unpredictable world leaves listeners with two options: desperately to try forecast the future and deal with the anxiety of uncertainty, or go with the flow. That may seem like a simple choice, but it’s a much harder concept to grasp in practice.
It sounds like an oxymoron to be passionate about staying calm, but Turnover frontman Austin Getz didn’t pull any punches on the subject. He explained to The Fader “I think the idea of any human thinking they know even a tiny bit of the infinite amount of real truth out there is false. Accepting what the natural world puts in front of you and doing your best with it and attempting to see the good side, or all sides, regardless of how it may seem will always provide a lesson and growth, even if it is far removed from the event.”
Critical and prejudiced as Getz may be, he’s got a point. His lyrical flow in “Sunshine Type” is nonabrasive and accessible, welcoming listeners to let anxiety melt off their shoulders. Levelheaded, benevolent lines like “I was thinking you could love a song that I hate. I’d still play it for you” illustrate that relational aversion is a petty waste of time often used to overcompensate for lack of control. Turnover matches Getz’s smooth vocals with peaceful instrumentals designed to relieve residual tension. Most notably, the steadying drum patterns pair with glistening guitar chords to echo anguish away into a placid, spacious oblivion. All in all, it’s clear Turnover is fine not know what they don’t know. As long as they continue to learn from life’s many mysteries, not knowing is okay.