Portland band Typhoon‘s new record, “Offerings,” has a dark subject: a man with memory loss, which becomes an allegory for a country adrift when it forgets its history. In concert, Typhoon has long managed a paradox with very personal writing by frontman Kyle Morton, and grandiose, cathartic performances by a huge band on stage, sometimes numbering more than 15 players. “Offerings” is a double album with the scale of small opera, unfolding in three movements and a measure of sturm und drang, as the character tries to hold on to meaning and identity while all he knows disappears.
Typhoon played three songs from the new record in our studio — including their first single, “Rorschach” — and reworked versions of three older songs. Watch the performances in the VuHaus player above, and listen to the interview with “State of Wonder“ host April Baer in the audio player below (where you can also download MP3s of the songs).
“Offerings” will be released Friday, Jan. 12. Typhoon is currently on tour and returns for a hometown performance at the Crystal Ballroom Feb. 23.
Audio recording and mixes: Steven Kray with Zack Carver-Gustin
Editor: Jarratt Taylor
Videographers: Nate Sjol, Matthew Thomas Ross, Nick Hennessy, Braden Spots, Jarratt Taylor
Lighting and technical assistance: Randy Layton and William Ward
Interviewer: April Baer
Executive Producer: David Christensen