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 drumkits 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 existance: as frontman Kyle Morton says in the interview, “friends first, band second.” Typhoon recorded “White Lighter” at Pendarvis Farm outside Portland. Check out this Art Beat story about the band’s time working on the farm.
See more performances by Typhoon via YouTube. And hear the entire performance (and interview) below, with a downloadable takeaway of “Artificial Light.”
Audio recording and mix: Steven Kray, with technical assistance from Bill Ward
Video production: Nate Sjol
Videographers: Nate Sjol, Molly Gard and Marjorie Deocampo
Photos: Nathan Tang
Executive Producer: David Christensen