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Frontman Kyle Morton sings like Steve Forbert back in the late '70s, when Forbert's voice still shook with a young man's nervous energy. The 13 other members of this group, however, stray far from the slimmed-down rock 'n' roll that once backed young Steve. These musicians are ambitious colorists who reflect the lessons learned through the years from The Flaming Lips, Polyphonic Spree, Arcade Fire, and others who balance acoustic reveries with orchestral swells. "The Lake" starts as a bucolic little tune that within a minute and a half transforms into a pulsing menace; so much is happening in the stereo mix that each ear gets a different experience. "Artificial Light" has the feel of a half-forgotten anthem that twists and turns like a mountain road on its way to the inevitable top. In a sense this is the new prog rock, but it's more user-friendly than the old stuff. Hooks aren't overlooked; nor are the small moments of acoustic reflection. But they happen quickly, and there's a sense of whiplash magic in how the situations change.

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Album of the Year

White Lighter is the album of the year, full stop. Extraordinary song structures, lyrics, arrangements, vocals, musicianship and production. More nuanced, layered and depth than 99% of what's out there today. Listen 5 times and you won't go back. Hard to pick a favorite song, but if you are new to this band, try 'Young Fathers', 'Hunger and Thirst', 'Artificial Light' or 'Common Sentiments'. Really can't go wrong. The only challenge for this band is that their songs don't fit into mainstream pop/alt radio formats, so WE must support them here so they can keep making and sharing this incredible music. Also a shout out to KEXP and NPR for their support of this amazing band. Buy now!

Absolute reckless perfectionism

Wow. I mean WOW. Astonishingly, mind boggling complex synergy, a spectacular monument to the majesty of entropy, love, death, and the impossible perfection of being.

Buy this album

Timeless classic. Period.


Formed: 2005 in Portland, OR

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in 2005, Portland, Oregon collective Typhoon crafts ornate, big-hearted indie rock anthems in the vein of Frightened Rabbit, Beirut, Arcade Fire, and Bright Eyes. Favoring complex, sometimes fragmented arrangements peppered with orchestral flourishes, the band, led by chief singer and songwriter Kyle Morton, released their eponymous debut in 2005, followed by the Dearborn Sessions EP in 2007, and Hunger and Thirst in 2010. In 2011 the band appeared on the David Letterman Show in support of...
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