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Gorgeous, Haunting and Epic
on December 9, 2010
Having spent the last five years as the darlings of Portland's house show scene, Typhoon this year released their second full length album representing the culmination of a long artistic development. While their previous music was often marked by genre experimentation, including a love affair with Sea Shanties for a period, much of that impulse has fallen away in favor of a tighter, more self-assured sound.
The size of the band, which averages around 12 players at live shows, is used to great effect to counterpoint the intimate, soulful melodies of lead singer Kyle Morton. Typhoon swings masterfully between the heart-achingly diminutive simplicity of Morton's voice and guitar to an epic, chorale grandiloquence.
Standout tracks include the first single, Starting Over, track 3, CPR - Claws Pt. 2 and the last track, The Sickness Unto Death which draws heavily from Morton's own struggles with health since childhood.
Hunger and Thirst is simply a wonderful album from one of the most exciting bands in the Portland indie scene today. I can't recommend it enough.