White Lighter by Typhoon on Apple Music

13 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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About Typhoon

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 their New Kind of House EP and the compilation album From Boy Gorilla and Beyond, and in 2013 the band released their most ambitious collection to date, the Roll Call-issued White Lighter. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Portland, OR
  • FORMED
    2005

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