Turtlenecked – Vulture.
Harrison Smith’s indie rock project – Turtlenecked has just released their second album in just as many years – Vulture. While quite self-indulgent at times, it can lend to being a tad extreme in its social commentary, as is the case with navel gazing records.
Now, if you were to ask me for one reason why I decided to review this album, besides having thoroughly enjoyed Turtlenecked’s first offering (pre-albums) twisted legs, my answer would be purely because of the band name; Turtlenecked. Statement piece, the name stands alone.
Surely a band with such a name could not deliver a bad record, could they? You can decide that yourself, since each listen is subjective. But my feelings towards it are very much mixed. It must be noted that every track on the album is completely different and individual in its own right, easily having the ability to stand alone.
The standout track from the record for me is: Pyrex. Melodies throughout this track are constantly changing and evolving, drawing attention in, just as much as the melodic chanting and overall kookiness that surround this sound. The constant guitar strum holds attention almost as much as the lyrics do, as self-indulgent as they may be.
It is very easy to get lost in Vulture and its navel gazing containments which can seem like a revelation to some, however it is just as easy to switch the record off halfway into the first track. It is very much an album that will affect you based on your mood, not an album that will change your mood.
In a way this album could be considered a product of current meme culture. The sometime lo-fi sound of the record lends itself to the sub realm of “indie”, “DIY” memes circulating through instagram.
I found it hard to classify this album in terms of genre, since it does draw on quite a few. It would be easiest to label it punk, in the sense that the lyrics question society and the instrumentation is at times pulsing. The instrumentation also hands itself to the current reformed lo-fi scene, while at the same time appropriating the nuances of the 21st century centred “DIY” bedroom fidelity.
I would definitely listen to this record over and over again. I also feel that each time one would listen to the record they would pick up something new, as much is the case with any record. Without a few listens much of this record will go over your head.
So go ahead and give the record a listen, decide as to whether or not you enjoy it. Either like it, love it or hate it. Doesn’t matter, you gave it a go. You won’t know what you’re missing out on otherwise.
Author: Tommy Boutros
Tommy, is a 20 year old student, writer, viewer, foodie, musician and coach whose ultimate goal is to write for Rolling Stone. Classic cliche, when words fail, music speaks. Tommy writes words about the music that speaks, how it makes him feel, how it could make you feel and why you should listen.