Since the release of Turnstile's debut, Nonstop Feeling, the Baltimore group toured for months on end both in the hardcore scene and on diverse support slots for rock acts like the Story So Far, Basement and Turnover. Their latest musical statement, Time & Space, speaks to their expanding audience in ways that are primarily infectious. The second single, "Generator," is a case in point; a precisely sweet blend of '90s alternative rock and New York hardcore. While experimental in nature, it's not enough of a leap to overwhelm any brand of listener.
This formula is successful throughout Time & Space, but most praiseworthy in "(Lost Another) Piece of My World." The song welds the immense Britpop choruses that wrote Blur's paychecks 20 years ago to the tune of the grooviest Leeway riffs. It is a fleeting sensation to take in, although it may not digest on paper. Turnstile also somehow find time to visit dreamy shoegaze riffs on the intro to "Can't Get Away" and Elton John-influenced accents in the verses of "High Pressure." It is quirky and flamboyant, but never insincere.
The record generally drifts along at ease, but peculiar interludes bring bumps in the road during the yacht rock-ish "Disco" and the R&B-tinted "Bomb." Time & Space is otherwise only flawed during the tawdry radio-friendly territory Turnstile stumble into during "Moon" and "Big Smile." The melodies in both are jarring and could've used further incubation, because they mostly flaunt their growing pains.
Time & Space is Turnstile taking what worked from their prior material and seasoning it with a modern, diverse zest. While this body of work has some blunders, the band are well on their way to what might soon be their pinnacle release. (Roadrunner)