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Studio Session: Typhoon

Typhoon: Artificial Light (opbmusic session)

Few bands in Portland attract the kind of emotional responses Typhoon does. With lyrics both earnest and soaring, horn flourishes, strings and a pair of drum kits that sit at the front of the band, Typhoon’s songs move listeners along a swell of emotions that usually resolve into an ebullient end.

From the time we first heard them in 2010, the band’s grown more assured sounding, while keeping together the community of friends (11 band members plus their sound man) that comprise Typhoon. Those friendships are integral to the band’s existence: As frontman Kyle Morton says in the interview, “Friends first, band second.”

“There are times when I could take or leave the music part of it,” he says, “but I would always want to keep the friends part of it.”

The group convened at Pendarvis Farm last year to record their latest, White Lighter. Check out this Art Beat story about the band’s extended stay camping and recording at Pendarvis Farm.

Typhoon plays two consecutive nights this week for MusicFest NW before they leave on tour. You can see them on September 5 and 6 at The Old Church. The shows are presented by opbmusic.

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