Typhoon, the robust Portland-based orchestral pop group fronted by singer and guitarist Kyle Morton, has been honing a unique brand of ambitious songwritingand rich instrumentation for the better part of a decade now. Embarking on a massive national tour this fall, they’ll stop by LPR for a show on September 30th.
Typhoon has inspired comparisons to The Decemberists, Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire and similar groups, but their latest effort, White Lighter, “takes the promise they’ve shown and delivers completely,” according to NPR’s Bob Boilen. “The uplifting melodies and rhythms that sway and swing, mixed with lyrics about hopeless dreams and cold realities, works so well,” he explains. “It’s the kind of combination that has me singing words over and over — words that, if laid on paper, might not be ones I’d want stuck in my head. They’re dark, but in that darkness can be found a sincere appreciation for the gift of life.”
White Lighter is out August 20 on Roll Call Records, but you can listen to Boilen and Robin Hilton discuss it below and stream the whole album right now over at NPR Music.
photo by Jaclyn Campanaro / courtesy Big Hassle
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