Kyle Morton sings the first line of Typhoon's Hunger & Thirst, "I've started a new beginning... suspiciously like the old one, only this time, I'm ready", with the bravery and trepidation of someone who is staring down a familiar path, with all its known challenges and potential pitfalls, surrounded by his dearest longtime friends.
The seven core members of Typhoon (17 total contributors sing, play upright bass, toy piano, real piano, and a crumpled plastic bag for texture on Hunger & Thirst) have all known each other since high school or before, are aged 21.8 years on average, and either live together or within walking distance of one another. When playing unannounced house parties in their native Portland, Oregon, it is not uncommon for word to rapidly spread like wildfire online and over the phone, resulting in upwards of 400 people flocking to the scene within an hour of any announcement. There is a reason for this, and it's not that anyone is mistaking Typhoon for a feel-good-fun-time-youthful-lots-of-members-and-instruments-party-band. It's that Typhoon is magnetic, stunning, hypnotic, subdued in their visceral grandeur. People who know Typhoon - a dedicated population - have been waiting for this record for five years. The catharsis is palpable for them, and for the band.