Typhoon (USA-OR)
A New Kind of House


5.0
classic

Review

by thatoneguy726 USER (13 Reviews)
July 31st, 2011 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If Hunger and Thirst was the beauty of a hopelessly long night, A New Kind of House is the rising sun. I just can’t wait to see what the new day brings.

It’s evident that Typhoon are aiming for a much different feel on A New Kind of House. For one thing, the title of the EP indicates that the band has intended for there to be some sort of permanent change. While Hunger and Thirst was absolutely beautiful and stunning, it was also an almost entirely dark and gloomy journey. The few brighter spots on the record were only for temporary relief from sorrow, or were ironic or altogether sarcastic. This time, the band has accomplished something different. Very much of the music here has an uplifting feel. However, the words Morton sings and the way he delivers them definitely aren’t those of a man who has found happiness. That’s the true beauty of this new Typhoon sound. They avoid a morbid reputation without sacrificing the depth and emotional charge of their previous album.

A New Kind of House literally starts where 2010’s Hunger and Thirst left off. The end of that album’s closing track quietly loops at the beginning of “The Honest Truth” until the last chord leads into loud strumming that has a striking feel of bearing good news. The band’s tight staccatos back front man Kyle Morton for the first half of the track until he begins sing familiar words to a familiar tune. For already the second time in the first track, the band is revisiting their previous album. The formerly a cappella “Mouth of the Cave” is sung again, this time with all the members playing their instruments, turning it into a fun, but moving mob shout to perfectly cap off an exciting lead-off track. Such use of an older song could come across as recycling, lacking creativity, or simply being repetitive. However, Typhoon pull it off confidently, and it definitely feels like something that was always planned instead of used as a backup idea. One track into A New Kind of House, and the listener is already experiencing strokes of brilliance.

The faux-happy fun continues as “Summer Home” begins with a quick bass line, soon joined by a guitar for a very beachy feel. The song carries a subtle pulse all the way through, with layered and syncopated vocals thrown in by the whole band for good measure. Of course, they’re all still perfectly capable of pulling back their voices and instruments at just the right time for a few touching lines of just Morton and his guitar, before building back up to the full, polished sound of the entire band. The song climaxes to another quiet moment where Morton declares “I will wait for the summer/ I will hold out for summer” while the rest of the group repeats after him almost theatrically, sounding as though they’ve been through a great deal of trials together, but won’t give up. It’s executed perfectly, and is a truly chilling moment.

Another visit to the past is greatly appreciated on the third track, “Claws, Pt. 1.” Hunger and Thirst contained a song mysteriously named “CPR/Claws, Pt. 2” with no explanation for what or where the first part was. Now we finally get to hear it on A New Kind of House, and it sure is an interesting listen. At nearly eight minutes, it’s one of the band’s lengthiest songs. The track and its sequel share a few lyrics, as well as musical phrases, drum patterns, and great use of handclaps. However, this one feels like a totally different take on the concepts the second “Claws” explored. It’s definitely more aggressive and is a welcome addition to Typhoon’s library.

A New Kind of House takes a much simpler, more straightforward turn for the last two tracks. “Kitchen Tile” is a mere minute and a half long, but it’s still a perfect example of a classic Typhoon buildup that teases the listener and leaves them wanting to hear more. The final song, “Firewood,” has a very touching sound. Even though it’s more or less a piano-based ballad, which is definitely unusual for Typhoon, it still doesn’t conform to any traditional song structure of verses and choruses. It’s really quite refreshing to hear after an album and a half full of long, complicated songs. It also provides perfect closure for the EP sweetly and earnestly, as it becomes even more evident that Morton wishes he could return to his childhood.

Typhoon’s quality hasn’t wavered one bit, and this EP is another example of perfect modern music. It’s interesting, catchy, complex at the right times, and full to the brim with emotion. Plus, it’s even more rewarding when the band’s previous release is kept in mind. If Hunger and Thirst was the beauty of a hopelessly long night, A New Kind of House is the rising sun. I just can’t wait to see what the new day brings.



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thatoneguy726
July 31st 2011


1669 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's so hard to write anything but track-by-track for an EP, so I just embraced that.

MikhailBower
July 31st 2011


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm so glad this received a written review. I've wanted to do one for a while now, but I'm too lazy and not a good enough writer.



About your review, I wholeheartedly agree. Hunger and Thirst was such an amazing album. I feel like the overall tone of the album is of being lost, but with the potential of being found; most of the time the songs are fairly mellow, but with some serious lyrics, but then you get the entire band in it for the chorus and the song just erupts in happiness and you can't help but sing along with them (my favorite of these occurrences being at 6:10 on Belly of the Cavern).



So when I first heard this EP, I was ecstatic. It was (as you said) a direct continuation from H&T (even at their concerts they play The Sickness Unto Death and The Honest Truth back to back), even reusing some of the lyrics and melodies. But they were able to change the feeling of the songs still by doing so. It's as if they're looking back, but with a much brighter disposition.

thatoneguy726
July 31st 2011


1669 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah I just saw them a week ago and they did this awesome buildup with the end of The Sickness into Honest Truth. I absolutely loved it! I love what they did with the album and this so, so much. I'm still baffled that they haven't received like any attention on Sputnik at all. This is my second attempt to get them noticed haha

DinoX
July 31st 2011


3582 Comments


Will download

SowingSeason
Moderator
July 31st 2011


29864 Comments


the guys vocals annoy me but the music is breathtaking

thatoneguy726
August 1st 2011


1669 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Someone compared his voice to Counting Crows. I can kind of see that

eggsvonsatan
August 1st 2011


1087 Comments


Sounds good, but still too indie for my taste.

thatoneguy726
August 1st 2011


1669 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Aw... Can't hurt to try

thatoneguy726
August 1st 2011


1669 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Dangit! I'm already having to double comment to force this back onto the main page.

MikhailBower
August 2nd 2011


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Have you heard their earlier stuff (self titled and Dearborn)?

thatoneguy726
August 2nd 2011


1669 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I have not! Is it as good? I can't find it anywhere! Well, I haven't looked very hard. But neither of those are on any major sites

MikhailBower
August 2nd 2011


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Enjoy!

http://www.mediafire.com/?zeapmufb3eu0z8h

thatoneguy726
August 2nd 2011


1669 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yes! Thank you so much! Now I know what I'm doing tonight.

MikhailBower
August 2nd 2011


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You're welcome. They're the best quality I could find while still sounding like a cohesive album (there were some that were like 202kbps but there were some random pauses in the tracks).



In the extras, I know that the song Shallows is from the 7" split they did with Lake, but I don't have any specific album name or picture for me to tag it as such.

thatoneguy726
August 3rd 2011


1669 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Awesome! I'm listening to the self-titled debut now. Loving it more and more the further I get into

it. It reminds me of The Hush Sound's debut. Haha, maybe this will lead to my third Typhoon review.

What are your thoughts on it? Like it as much?

MikhailBower
August 3rd 2011


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I like it a lot. Not quite as much as Hunger and Thirst, but still a lot. The only song I don't quite like is Halfway Home, but I'm getting used to it. Dearborn is also quite good. I love the instrumentals on it, but I also love Kyle Morton's voice, which is lacking IMO.

thatoneguy726
August 4th 2011


1669 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

His voice is SO good. I still need to check out Dearborn. Hmmm, I want to like the self-titled more than I am. Think I'll 4 it. There are a few tracks that disinterest me a little too much to give it higher than that. Still incredible for a debut though.

MikhailBower
August 4th 2011


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Same. Right now I have it at a five, which I've been meaning to change. I think when I first got the album, I was just so excited and in a Typhoon mood that no matter what I listened to, I would think it was awesome. I'm changing the debut to a either a 4.5.



And about Dearborn, it lacks his vocals, yes, but if you forget that and take it as a more instrumental album, it's phenomenal. I'm liking it more and more as I listen to it.

thatoneguy726
August 6th 2011


1669 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9X9zLCP-mo&NR=1



their performance on Letterman last night

MikhailBower
August 10th 2011


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

http://mplayer.pastemagazine.com/issues/week-7/articles#article=/issues/week-7/articles/typhoon-live-from-newport--2



New song by them. I'm excited.



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