Turn by MARTYN SCOTT is an electric indie pop banger with confidence and charisma that defines its retro sound. At its core, the foundation is beautiful vocals and guitars. However, what SCOTT decides to do with that foundation differentiates it from other tracks trying to capture that magic of the sixties with a modern flair.
The track opens boldly with an exciting guitar riff, evolving into this complex and articulate lead performance that interacts beautifully with the vocals. It feels as if, at points, the guitar is conversing with the lyrics. The song also introduces strumming. This technique grounds the composition with a natural and uninhibited melodic constant, making the track feel more honest and closer to the listener. The guitar strumming also goes a long way to establishing the rhythm along with the drums. It transcends rhythm and melody, aiding the development of both and linking those aspects of the track together.
The vocals capture the energy of the sixties with a subtle twang and swaying cadence that reminded me of George Harrison and the Beatles. It’s impressive that they feel connected to that period while expressing openness and staying true to the vocalist’s emotions. That raw edge goes a long way toward making the track so charismatic. I also feel an eighties influence is present in the delivery. Some of the more subtle elements of the delivery reminded me of Morrissey, especially in lines like “turn to see.” The vocals employ these nuanced harmonies that elevate the composition as a whole. They help build tension in parts of the chorus. This harmony makes a comeback during the guitar break, showing the connection between the vocals and the instrumental.
Turn delivers technically and creatively through its instrumental and vocals. I’m impressed with the connection displayed through the guitar strumming and the personality in the instrumental as a whole.