Monday, March 19, 2012


Typhoon is an 11-14 piece band based out of Portland, Oregon led by lead singer Kyle Morton.

Typhoon's music has always been marked by complicated arrangements and careful orchestration. Live performances routinely involve 12 or more band members playing at once. "The group masterfully combines indie rock instrumentals and vocals with violins, percussion, hand claps, xylophone, horns and a choir of other instruments, making for inspiring and catchy songs."

Listen to Typhoon on BandSoup

Their early recordings reveal a greater degree of experimentation with various styles, including a number of "sea shanties", Country Western and Eastern European-inspired songs. Their more recent output, including their album Hunger & Thirst and its companion EP, A New Kind of House, show a more focused and consistent sound, and a greater focus on creating a cohesive thematic through-line. Many of the songs are preoccupied with mortality and directly reference lead singer and primary songwriter Kyle Morton's own struggle with Lyme Disease as a child.

Here are is an official video for the song "The Honest Truth" off their latest album A New Kind of House (above), a live video of their 2011 SXSW performance at The Driskill for NPR (middle), and a record session video of their epic song "Claws Pt. 1" (below).

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