Typhoon – Offerings (album review)

by Woody on January 10, 2018

Photo – Jeremy Hernandez

Typhoon, the Portland based outfit led by Kyle Morton stand without many peers when it comes to pulling your heartstrings. Their previous efforts would see Morton and crew bring you to despair only to pull you back from the brink with sweeping choruses, horns and strings. It was like watching a Spielberg movie in that you were drained when it ended.

Offerings explores what happens when a fictional man slowly loses his memory. “I wanted to explore the questions: What does a person become if they don’t know where they came from? What is the essential quality of the person if you strip away all memory?” explains singer/songwriter Kyle Morton.

Offerings is divided into four movements (Floodplains, Flood, Reckoning, and Afterparty) and clocks in at 70 minutes. I took my dog for an hour long walk in the cold and snow while listening to this the other day. I was cold, tired and mentally fatigued when I got home; but I felt I’d been on a spiritual adventure.

I’ve only listened to the album a few times and I’m no is position to break down individual components yet (although the jam during Unusual is out of of this world). I will say that it really is something special but it needs your attention when listening it. It is darker than previous efforts; it lacks those massive cathartic shots buoyed by horns that I’ve come to expect from Typhoon.

Morton is a clearly an ambitious dude and after spending some time with Offerings, I wouldn’t bet against him pulling anything off. My only concern is that the album doesn’t collapse under its own weight with some listeners. If it does, push the fucker off; it is worth the effort.

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