Spin by Triathalon album review by Greg Walker for Northern Transmissions




Brooklyn band, Triathalon, change with the times. They’ve traveled quite the distance, since Adam Intrator formed the band around 2010 in Savannah, Georgia. Originally a guitar-driven indie outfit, something that would date indie rock to the T at the time, R&B started seeping into their sound around 2018, with the critically acclaimed album, Online. Their latest offering, following the zeitgeist of vocoder and hip hop beats and chill wave music, is what you could say 2022 feels like to a great majority of music listeners right now.

Spin, their latest album, is filled with expertly crafted songs that feature the guitar, but in a new and satisfying way. The record starts, appealing to the slacker Gen Y and Gen Z listeners. “I’m sorry if I don’t reply / I’m sleeping just to pass the time / Feel dizzy like a 9 to 5 / It’s easy to ignore the signs.” The intro song, called “Dreams,” captures both the malaise and ambition of the younger generation, delivered in a sound they can truly get behind.

The album, which has a good number of videos, directed by Intrator himself, (adventures like motorcycle and horseback riding, chilling by the boat house and by palm trees,) captures the modern feel of soaking in the experiences and finding meaning in the midst of existential crisis. “Don’t lay down / Don’t freak out.” Though the band are younger themselves, the fear or anticipation of death is all over the record. “I just want you to know / Time, well it’s taking its toll / Life doesn’t want me to know / When I’ll die,” Intrator sings on the appropriately titled, “Die.”

My bet is, if you like one song, you will like them all. And if you’re up for a journey that is at once “chill” and adventurous, honest and maybe a tad bit embarrassing (something the younger generation seem to have no fear of being at all), you’ll probably enjoy the great variation that lies within a very small window of thematic and musical creativity.

It is a treat to see a band that is willing to change with the times, and their song construction has its own modern genius to it. Just like the changing trends, (Tik Tok, chill wave, and the like,) some people, I think, would be turned off and chalk their music up to poserism or trying to cash in on the current wave of entertainment craze. Their transformation seems genuine enough to me. And writing songs that have modern hit potential can be something more satisfying and challenging than putting out your last record, with the same familiar sound. I say kudos to Triathalon, and I applaud a pretty impressive album of songs, even if it’s not my preferred style to listen to.

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