In my opinion, it’s pretty gutsy to release a record this early in the year. When you release your record in the beginning of the year, you have to be really sure it’s good. Otherwise, people are bound to forget about it. Typhoon have released their fourth full-length record Offerings this past week on January 12th. So, Typhoon they’ve got balls.
But they also got skills. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, the band has been releasing carefully crafted epics since 2005. The eleven-piece uses sprawling arrangements and beautiful layers of melodies and sounds to weave an intricate carpet of indie rock awesomeness. Aside from lead vocalist Kyle Morton, everybody sings in this band. Needless to say they boast instruments ranging from your usual guitar, bass, drums to trumpet, horns and violins. Sounds like something you know? Well, if you dig Arcade Fire, Bright Eyes or Frightened Rabbit, you’ll love Typhoon.
While molding their songs into sweeping walls of sound, Typhoon still pick up current themes. In “Rorschach”, they describe the constant sensors overload from all the screens around us. “We have all the information now but what does it mean?”, Morton sings, his angsty voice carrying over rhythmic guitar strums before the song builds to the Typhoon-y epic story in the chorus. “All this fiction makes me nervous, turns out it was blood spilled on the canvas we admired just like some Rorschach painting.” Their story telling is concise and clear, their metaphors strong.
The sincere, serious style carries through the album. It’s definitely a record you’ll want to spend time with and listen closely. Typhoon have a lot to say.
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About the curator - Julia Maehner
Julia knows two main passions: Music and writing. From an early age she has been making music after a fashion. When she was 13, she sat herself down and decided: “I will be a music journalist. Because I love music and writing.” After a brief intermezzo in New York City working for the music boutique agency Girlie Action as a digital marketer, she moved back to Germany. This experience helped her build her know-how for her content marketing client, the business intelligence software CoffeeCup. She still writes for several German music and tech magazines and is working on launching her own blog, amps on ears.
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