The evolution of Typhoon’s sound is most interesting, from the sprawling folk sounds of their self-titled album Typhoon; second album, Hunger And Thirst; and the Of Monsters and Men-esque White Lighter; their fourth album Offerings, is altogether a different beast.
Following a four-year hiatus, the Portlanders retain their signature group vocals combined with the recognizable voice of front-man Kyle Morton, however, Offerings, embodies a dramatic sonic darkness. Opening with a spoken voice saying: “Listen, of all the things you’re about to lose, this will be the most painful.” Offerings is an impressive 14 track album, which confronts themes of memory loss and loss of identity.
Though, this is the work of an 11-piece band, instrumentation is used carefully and often sparingly, which incites moments of quiet meditation and cinematic swells. The ebb and flows of the work, truly capture glimpses of clarity and fogginess.
Offerings is hypnotic and progressive in song structure, with intimate tracks like: ‘Mansion’, ‘Coverings’ and ‘Chiaroscuro’ and the heavier tracks: ‘Remember’, ‘Darker’ and ‘Ariadne’ balancing the album’s equilibrium. Giving a nod to the likes of Bon Iver, Margaret Glaspy, Sigur Rós and Elliot Smith. The album is available as a limited edition, gold-coloured double LP.
Released: January 2018
Cat: RCR117LGX / Roll Call/House Arrest