Song Reviews

Typhoon: Dreams of Cannibalism (mp3)


To accompany the official announcement of their forthcoming LP, White Lighter, Portland’s critically acclaimed Typhoon has released a new digital single for their track “Dreams of Cannibalism”. The new album will be released August 20 on Roll Call Records. Longtime fans of Typhoon will be pleased; “Dreams of Cannibalism” follows the band’s penchant for changing up time signatures, adding plenty of horns, and featuring a chorus of singers.

And there is plenty of that good ol’ experimental folk-pop they seem so fond of as well. Just listen to that piano throughout the earlier moments of the song. Adding to the mix is a subtle slide guitar.

This lengthy pull quote from the press release will give you a glimpse into Typhoon’s creative and recording processes:

Recorded at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon, Typhoon isolated themselves from outside distractions to arrange and record this collection of songs with an impressive emphasis on storytelling and melody.

“On the farm, we were living inside the record,” says songwriter Morton. “I had one place in the woods where I would write and rewrite one song, and a different place for working another. The whole thing was laid out spatially over so many acres. I built a small fort in the wood barn where I kept my books and guitar. Slept a couple feet away from the recording desk. When it was cold, we built wood fires, when it was warm we went swimming down the road. Friends came and went, sometimes recording with us.”

To me, that sounds absolutely delightful. Relaxing and empowering at the very least.

Get excited for White Lighter, and for those who are new to Typhoon, do check out Typhoon’s A New Kind of House EP from 2011 and their 2010 LP Hunger and Thirst.

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