Here's my latest review for the IODA Marketing Blog on the upcoming debut record Hunger and Thirst by my new favorite band Typhoon!
By: Elijah Carroll
Title: Hunger and Thirst
Label: Tender Loving Empire
Genre: Indie : Symphonic Rock
Release Date: 05.04.10
Portland, Oregon based music collective Typhoon is set to release their debut record Hunger and Thirst May 4th on Tender Loving Empire. Renowned in Portland for several years for their amazing, sometimes spontaneous house concerts, Typhoon has finally managed to capture their sound on an LP. With a core band of 7 members and up to 17 contributors Typhoon's depth shines on this new record. Lead by the acoustic guitar and enrapturing vocals of Kyle Morton, Typhoon is poised to break out with Hunger and Thirst. With an average age of 22 Typhoon's well developed sound belies their age. From tender honest ballads to rousing gospel vocal arrangements Hunger and Thirst is a record that takes the listener on an amazingly mature emotional ride.
The timing couldn't be better for this record. The indie folk movement has steadily gained momentum over the past decade and exploded in the past few years with bands like the Fleet Foxes, Blitzen Trapper and Beirut. Following on the heels of 2009 indie folk standouts Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Hunger and Thirst has Typhoon ready to join these illustrious ranks. I'm sure many more comparisons and classifications for Typhoon will be thrown around, but the truth is that while they share elements with many of these bands, they have created their own unique sound and found a niche within today's indie music world. Hunger and Thirst is a brilliant representation of that sound and an invitation in to their world.
Hunger and Thirst opens with a solitary shaker and grows to the horn-filled, harmony choir backed full band sound all within the opener "Starting Over Bad Habits." Kyle Morton's compelling voice dances effortlessly over the acoustic guitar and percussion driven music. The lyrics are frank and honest bringing the listener in to his story. "CPR / Claws Pt. 2" builds throughout it's epic 7 minutes, beautifully displaying the power of Typhoon's well mixed multi-layered arrangements. Fittingly, producer Paul Laxer recorded Hunger and Thirst in Morton and his bandmates' old Victorian-style rental house. That house can be heard all over the record allowing the listener to experience Typhoon in their natural element. The 43 second "Mouth of the Cave" epitomizes that experience, it's spirited live gospel choir sound placing the listener in the midst of the collective. The more somber "Belly of the Cavern" and stark, tender closing ballad "The Sickness Unto Death" bring the emotional ride of Hunger and Thirst to a close. Slowly bringing us down from the high of the middle of the record. Overall Hunger and Thirst flows beautifully from track to track and tells a story through it's emotional scape that we can all identify with.
While you wait for the record grab 3 stellar tracks off of Hunger and Thirst right now:
"Starting Over (Bad Habits)" (mp3)
from "Hunger and Thirst"
(Tender Loving Empire)
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