Offerings

Artist: 
Typhoon
Non-Airable Tracks: 
1
Label: 
Roll Call Records
Album Art: 

Although there are a lot of bands out there trying to work story-telling elements into their music, Typhoon’s latest album, “Offerings”, makes it their entire focus. It’s very apparent that the album is imbued with an immense amount of emotion, and the listener can’t help but get dragged into the pain and the love expressed within. The track “Algernon” is particularly expressive, to the point of painful self-awareness about how emotionally-wrought what he’s singing about is.

Kyle Morton meshes well with his instrumentation, and the vocals match the tone set throughout the album. However, there are times where he lacks strength and volume where the emotional narrative begs for it, and his warbling voice seems a tad out of place. These moments absolutely beg for that raw, almost primal vocalization that some artists seem to absolutely nail, and I would love to see Mr. Morton explore the depth and breadth of his own singing abilities with a bit more variety in their next piece of work.

Offerings, while diverse in its accompaniment, does not allow the listener to normalize these accompanists by including them in every song. Some tracks are as straight forward (one might even say traditional?) as an acoustic guitar with drum set and bass, while others include violin, horns, piano, and even ukulele. 

The most touching aspect of this album is that the lyrics themselves touch upon things that most people my age are afraid of. We’ve hit a point where so many different things we had only been told about (aging, injury, addiction, and death) become incredibly tangible, and incredibly real for us, to the point where you almost have to be in a good headspace to listen to this. This is an album for those of us out there that want to feel, and it delivers feelings in droves. 

Sounds Like: 
Ewert and the Two Dragons
Sounds Like: 
The Weather Machine
Sounds Like: 
Plastic Revolution
Recommended Tracks: 
Wake: Intense overlaid vocals, sets the tone for the album
Algernon: Incredibly emotional, must be in the right place to listen to it though
Name: 
Christopher Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
01/24/2018