Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “White Liars” by Typhoon from their release Hunger and Thirst available through Tender Loving Empire.
The debut album from the Portland collective Typhoon has been a long time coming. The band, which ranges anywhere from seven to twenty members playing everything from drums to real or toy piano, stand up bass, or even a plastic bag for effect, have all known each other since high school and live with or within walking distance from each other. Typhoon has built a dedicated following often attracting up to 400 people at house parties or proper venues alike. The spectacle of seeing so many musicians moving towards a common goal (outside of a symphony anyway), can be awe inspiring. And even listening to today’s song “White Liars” will make you realize that you’ve stopped what you’re doing long before the drums and horns come in.
The album was recorded at the home of leader Kyle Morton who, along with several band members, lived in an old Victorian home and the impetus to finally get some of their songs down on tape came when their lease was up and the band wanted an “aural snapshot” of the home where many of the songs were created and which gives the recordings such an organic feel. Even more “Portland” than the idea of an “aural snapshot” is their label/distributor Tender Loving Empire which was built as a media and arts collective and retail store started by Jared Mees and his wife Brianna who collect, promote, and sell art from all disciplines making them a perfect home for this talented group.
You can catch Typhoon at the Pickathon Indie Roots Music Festival August 7th and 8th in Happy Valley Oregon. Other KEXP faves scheduled to perform are Langhorn Slim, Elliott Brood, The Cave Singers, Dr. Dog, and the Fruit Bats. More info here and on their MySpace page.