MXTS 2011 Preview: Typhoon
Oh. Hello! Humans! I’ve finally surfaced, squint-eyed and jaundiced, from the rabbit hole of research to report that I have precious little to tell you in the way of concrete facts about this musical group Typhoon,. Here’s what I know. Typhoon is an 111 piece band fronted by songwriter Kyle Morton. Formed in 20072, Typhoon was unleashed on the world with their debut3 2010 full-length album Hunger and Thirst. Making it harder still to suss out, they share the name with an Asian country4 band and a Mexican5 rock band. I’m not entirely sure if anything I’m saying is even about this Portland6 band. Until recently, it seems they may have actually been a band of Russian gypsies.
Feeble facts aside, this band is a force. It’s inexhaustibly exciting to see what variety of sounds and instrumentation can come from a band of at least 7, often 11 and sometimes 17 members. In some moments, as with their pre-released single ‘The Honest Truth’ off their upcoming March EP A New Kind of House, listening to Typhoon is like being bombarded by a wall of voices, strings, and horns, led by Kyle’s trembling but confident voice. Other times, with the dozen or so members playing in concert, the music is intricately quiet and gentle. Indeed the songs are expertly arranged, expressing a wide emotional and musical dynamic. You can hear the band’s sound sharpen and develop even from the short time between Hunger and Thirst and A New Kind of House. But to be fair, both recordings are incredibly mature for such a young band7. I think it’s safe to say that this Typhoon is well on their way to becoming a household name.
Typhoon will be performing at Music by the Slice Thursday, March 17th at 4:05 PM.
Track: The Honest Truth
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Video: Starting Over live at OPB
1My sources have cited anywhere from 7 to 17 members.
2Sure, That number is as good as any of the others I’ve read.
3There is talk of a 2008 full length, but I can’t seem to locate it.
4I say country only because is the closest word I can use to describe to you, dear reader, the most confusing music I’ve ever heard. Ever.
5Pretty sure about this. I mean, it was in Spanish. I think.
6See next sentence
7I have no idea how old they are, but they look younger than “old.”