White Lighter

White Lighter

by Typhoon
     
 

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With 14 members, Portland, Oregon's Typhoon has more than enough firepower to propel its seismic indie rock confections past the nosebleed seats and into the parking lot, but despite its voluminous arsenal, the band shows great restraint on White Lighter, the follow-up to their well-received 2011 EP

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With 14 members, Portland, Oregon's Typhoon has more than enough firepower to propel its seismic indie rock confections past the nosebleed seats and into the parking lot, but despite its voluminous arsenal, the band shows great restraint on White Lighter, the follow-up to their well-received 2011 EP A New Kind of House. Operating somewhere between the nervy tenderness of Frightened Rabbit, the exotic, orchestral spell casting of Beirut, and the earnest and all-inclusive, aural high fiving of Arcade Fire, Typhoon, led by garrulous frontman Kyle Morton, is an idiosyncratic, anthem-producing machine. Familiar flavors and indie rock pantry staples like glockenspiel, spirited horn and string sections, and enthusiastic backing vocals abound, but Morton and company take frequent leaps of faith, punching holes in the indie pop template with enough melodic left turns, odd time signatures, and complex breakdowns to lure a few unsuspecting prog rock fans into the fold. That said, this is fist-pumping, NPR-loving, heartfelt arena pop through and through, with highlights arriving via immaculately crafted mini-epics like "Artificial Light," "Hunger and Thirst," and "Young Fathers," the latter of which sounds like an acoustic rendering of something off of Sufjan Stevens formidable Age of Adz. The band's ability to knock it out of the park without beating the listener over the head is a testament to their acumen for arranging. Songs like "Lake Mix," with its easy intro, pastoral underpinnings, and propulsive backside, and the measured, hymn-like closer "Post Script," benefit from tasteful applications of muscle. Refreshingly cerebral and undeniably emotional, this is music for both sides of the brain.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/2013
Label:
Roll Call Records
UPC:
0858824002386
catalogNumber:
2386
Rank:
75929

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Typhoon   Primary Artist
Alex Fitch   Group Member
Eric Stipe   Group Member
Devin Gallagher   Group Member
Pieter Hilton   Group Member
Dave Hall   Group Member
Tyler Ferrin   Group Member
Toby Tanabe   Group Member
Kyle Morton   Group Member
Shannon Steele   Group Member
Jen Hufnagel   Group Member
Ryan McAlpin   Group Member

Technical Credits

Typhoon   Arranger,Producer
Paul Laxer   Producer,Engineer
Kyle Morton   Composer
Rick Delucco   Artwork
Ingrid Renan   Insert Photography
Matthew Thomas Ross   Back Cover Photo

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