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White Lighter

Typhoon - 2013

Typhoon are an 11, (sometimes more), piece band from Portland OR. I'm not sure, but the title "White Lighter" may refer to the belief that white lighters are bad luck. (Cobain, Joplin, Hendrix, & Morrison are all reported to have one in their pocket when they died at the age of 27) Typhoon uses their large, varied instrumentation to create lush, brassy, complex arrangements. They don't seem pretentious or forced, but singer/leader Kyle Morton seemingly conducts the band through pop music's version of symphonic movements. His lyrics are personal, and they're sung like each performance is his only chance to get them out. It's a dense album that feels accessible. "Dreams Of Cannibalism" is one of the tracks that seems to get attention, but I'd say start from the beginning and run straight through.

Posted by Tambe



It's an album that's certainly full of surprising twists and turns! 'Artificial Light' opens beautifully and has dynamic peaks and valleys which appears to be Typhoon's bread and butter. However, as the album goes on, the heart wrenched vocals start to grate. Morton owns a few too many Counting Crows and Bright Eyes albums for me. The Arcade Fire, Polyphonic Spree, and MGMT influence is very pronounced in their music but I do enjoy the Beirut-style horn parts! Overall, 'White lighter' is an ideal soundtrack for the millennial hipster. It's an eclectic, joyful romp that ends in a rather delightful fashion with the wilting 'Post Script'.

Posted about 6 years ago by Dsc 0563C. Scott

I did think of Bright Eyes when I first heard it. Mainly the tone and attack of Kyle's voice. The music is obviously more ambitious.

Posted about 6 years ago by TambegifTambe

Posted: 10/02/2013

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Tambe ranks this as the
#14 favorite album of 2013