Pantha Du Prince - The Triad
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2016 Ratings: #518 / 760
User Score
Based on 40 ratings
2016 Ratings: #420
May 20, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit
Whilst the album that unfolds is a world away from his early cloistered minimalism (it’s maximalist, sometimes poppy, and yet as complex and evocative as ever), it synthesises two strands of his sound: the glacial beauty and the underground crunch of heavy machinery.
80
Under The Radar
Pantha Du Prince once more invites you to close your eyes and lose yourself in the cyclone, setting a new bar for imaginative electronic composers of the day.
80
Pitchfork

In many ways, The Triad plays like the sum total of Pantha du Prince’s career thus far, uniting Weber's early minimalism with grandiose instrumentation and collaborative songwriting.

80
musicOMH

The Triad edges ever closer to the purely experimental, with another tentative step rather than a bold foray into the electronica wilds, but for now it’s a worthy diversion from the well-trodden paths of other techno producers.

70
Slant Magazine
Pantha remains less interested in constructivist concept pieces than interlinked studies riffing on a consistent theme, in which naturalistic splendor is conveyed by the interplay between thumping dynamism and sedate tranquility.
70
AllMusic
The Triad is an expansion of Pantha du Prince's otherworldly sound into a more human realm, but it still maintains its ethereal, magical qualities.
70
Exclaim!

The Triad is a satisfying reminder that Pantha Du Prince is still the best at what he does.

70
Loud and Quiet
Collectively ‘The Triad’ is a chilly but ultimately approachable affair.
67
Pretty Much Amazing

Unfortunately, we’re forced to accept what we’re given on The Triad, which is a lot of top-notch productions with a whole lot of shitty vocals. It would have almost been more satisfying if the productions were worse.

60
The Guardian
While this first solo album in six years is elevating, and intricate in its elegance and rhythmic propulsions, it remains uncluttered by the chaos of true, visceral emotion.
60
DIY
Introverted, sparse, yet often melodic and lush, ‘The Triad’ isn’t the most easy record to get on with, but then again, you could say the same for most human interactions.
60
Drowned in Sound
In many ways, it does resemble something close to a jam session where unpolished but great ideas are worked out to be developed more fully later.
58
Resident Advisor
Weber sticking to a sound that has served him well for over a decade isn't the album's main problem—that's reserved for its shallow emotional range and awkward, abrupt tonal shifts.
50
PopMatters

The Triad is not the type of album that holds up to any enthusiastic hype. It’s tone is quiet and tender, reserved beyond the point of typical downtempo standards, and its 10 long songs are agonizingly, excruciatingly tranquil. It’s a record that mutes listeners’ excitement by design.

holsgr
60
☆☆½ ~ I think this is a good/enjoyable album overall, but at the same time many passages are kinda irregular or simply boring.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#27/PopMatters
#59/Piccadilly Records

Track List

  1. The Winter Hymn (feat. Queens)
  2. You What? Euphoria!
  3. Frau im Mond - Sterne laufen
  4. In an Open Space (feat. Queens)
  5. Chasing Vapour Trails (feat. Joachim Schultz & Kassian von Troyer)
  6. Lichterschmaus
  7. Dream Yourself Awake
  8. Lions Love (feat. Joachim Schultz)
  9. Islands in the Sky
  10. Wallflower for Pale Aaints
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