My friends in Goody released their album, Triangle, today. Since I know a few tweets won’t do my thoughts justice, here’s a blog post that will hopefully convince you to give this album a listen too!
- “Say Go“–The band returns with a punch, opening the album with this strong song. Every band needs a war cry, and with the intensity brought by Chemi and Tanner, it might be their own “Freaks and Geeks.” Mason’s skills are heard in the tasteful electronic effects in the background as well as those surrounding Chemi’s voice. Bonus points to them for the use of “soliloquy” in the lyrics.
- “48“–Goody’s increased use of EDM into their sound is incredibly noticeable and well done here. Tanner’s vocals, which usually stand in contrast to Chemi’s, work at the same intensity, continuing the punch the previous track brought. The gang vocals and geographical references to UMW territory help build the atmosphere of the collegiate party scene.
- “The Morning After“–Progressing logically from where the last track left off, the lighter tone provides a necessary break from the intensity of the previous two tracks. Details like brands and specific references to drinking games help to build the scene and immerse the listener, which shows the strengths of the band’s lyrical abilities.
- “The Outside“–Serving as the chapter following “Selfdom,” from the band’s previous EP, the track returns to the night sans party. It’s catchy and comforting, providing a reminder that everyone has felt outcast from time to time. If nothing else, it prompts a desire for night walks and what Emily Dickinson referred to as “evenings of the brain.”
- “Dethroned“–Slowing down the tone and quickly departing the party atmosphere, the band shows the heart and brains that move the music. The narrative quality and lush diction drive the song. The seemingly autobiographical nature readily begs what stories inspired it. Most importantly, “I am not dethroned” provides a positive outlook despite setbacks without the usual unapologetic ego songs like this typically ooze.
- “Goodfellas“–Echoing the previous track, the relatable struggle of forward motion serves as the compass for this song. While there are plenty of catchy lyrics caught in enjoyable EDM-inspired sounds, the wit and astute word choices present elsewhere on the album are lacking. However, their usual brilliance appears in “Gotta go harder than 3 Amigos/ Goody is the new trio.”
- “Futuristic Love Sound“–Taking a break from the trails of life, the slow start builds intrigue, refocusing matters to romance. While keeping the pace and atmosphere similar to the previous tracks, it smoothly transitions back to the party scene the band built up at the start of the album. The overall sound is reminiscent of their previous EP, and manages to show their growth since then. Chemi’s parts harken back to hits like the Gorillaz’s “Feel Good Inc.,” but keep it still within Goody’s expected realm. Tanner’s vocal abilities and narrative talents really shine through in his parts.
- “Danny“–The narrative talents of the band are seen once more as they step back from main characters to bystanders providing the moral compass in this track. As the story unfolds, intrigue builds toward the events that inspired this. The real aural treat is the sound effects paired with moments in the story; what could have been a tacky, amateurish move is pulled off nicely and shows the capabilities of each member’s skills when pooled and pieced together skillfully.
- “Night Thrill“–While this track exudes the multi-genre sound this band masterfully produces over and over, its placement after a very emotionally heavy song feels odd. The lyrics are sharp and witty as usual and carry the story. However, the lust-maybe-love nocturne hits a sour note with the choice of “congeal” to describe the otherwise romantic coupling.
- “Olive Green“–The hype and constant party that introduced the album is vacant in the final track as this guitar-heavy ballad has Tanner and Chemi crooning over romances they long for. Capitalizing on Tanner’s unique voice, which sounds like a chiller, softer Bruno Mars, the track reveals what this band is without the momentum of rap. Their identity and diverse sound is not compromised; the outcome being quite good, or should I say, goody.
Overall thoughts on Triangle–While for many this album may seem worlds different from the previous EP, their diverse skill set and sound remains the same as it continues to produce equal amounts of party anthems, ballads, and life-inspired narratives. Although this may suggest a lack of focus in the album, it seems representative of the life three college kids would have as they grapple with the strange mix of experiences synonymous with this era of life: the feel-good nature of parties, tumultuous romantic endeavors, and the harsher realities that result in emotional whiplash. It’s an enjoyable listen from start to finish as this album works to solidify their sound and name, all the while giving them the room they need to grow and explore their identity and sound. For me, their head and heart really seem to lie in tracks like “48,” “The Outside,” “Dethroned,” and “Danny.”
Check out Goody: