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Offerings, Band: Typhoon


Album: Offerings, Band: Typhoon

This is the fourth album by eleven piece orchestral indie band Typhoon from Portland, Oregon. It’s an ambitious concept piece which centres around a man who is losing his memory, and hence his whole identity.

At over seventy minutes and fourteen tracks long singer-songwriter Kyle Morton was always preoccupied with the brain and what would happen if you forgot where you came from and who you were, thus he brings us Offerings presented in four movements (Floodplains, Flood, Reckoning and Afterparty). These represent each stage that his mind goes through trying to find his true self again .

All the tracks have single name titles, some seven and twelve minutes long, and I have to admit I had to listen to this album a few times to appreciate what Morton was trying to portray. The album opens with the line “Listen!!! of all the things you are about to lose, this will be the most painful”, then off we go to this dystopian musical twin peaks world that the man enters into.

With the mix of horns, percussion, choral voices, and numerous soundbytes Typhoon encapsulates the nightmarish world he visits, with Morton’s vocals commanding the whole thing.

I am not going to ruin the the whole experience for you but my stand out tracks were Rorshach with its distorted vocals, Ariadne, with its powerful loud violins and Algernon, although it didn’t need to be so long .

My overall opinion is that a lot of the album is more style over substance but if you like the music of Arcade Fire and want to be taken on a journey similar to Queensryche’s Operation Mindcrime then give this album a chance with not one listen but many.

Offerings is out on January 12th and Typhoon hit the UK in February.

Review by Dave Martin.