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Typhoon is a band from Oregon’s capital city, Salem, but they’re now based out of Portland. The “band” is pretty huge, currently they tour with 13 members playing everything from guitar, piano, bass and drums to autoharp, lap steel, cello, viola, violin, accordion and trumpet. The sound lies somewhere between indie rock, experimental pop and folk – with that many people contributing to the band, playing that many instruments, it makes sense that their musical reach is fairly broad. Similar Artists: Broken Social Scene, Animal Collective, Sufjan Stevens, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Decemberists, Nick Drake, etc. ~ Music-for-Robots
Typhoon has released two full-length albums, two EPs and a split seven inch with K Records recording artists, Lake. The bands most recent release is entitled ‘A New Kind of House’ and is receiving praise across the nation.
La Grande (pronounced in the way of the American West, without any hint of French inflection – “luh grand”) is a town just east of the Wallowa Valley in northeastern Oregon where native Oregonian Laura Gibson found inspiration while writing the songs that would become her new album of the same name. Gibson describes La Grande as a place that “people usually pass through on their way to somewhere else, but which contains a certain gravity, a curious energy.” She’s done more than her own fair share of traveling, playing over 200 shows in North America, Europe and Asia since the release of 2009’s acclaimed Beasts of Seasons (Hush Records), and La Grande is, in part, an album about journeys and transitions.
One reason the sound of La Grande is so purposeful is that, for the first time, Gibson remained in the producer’s chair throughout its making, bouncing between home- recorded vocal sessions – piling as many as 15 Laura Gibsons on certain tracks – and proper takes at Type Foundry Studios alongside engineer and good friend Adam Selzer (M Ward, Norfolk and Western) and some great players including Calexico’s Joey Burns, members of The Dodos (Meric Long and Logan Kroeber) and The Decemberists (Nate Query, Jenny Conlee), clarinetist Jilly Coykendall, and the drumming duo Rachel Blumberg and Matt Berger (affectionately known together as “Blumberger”). Don’t get the wrong idea, though. While La Grande’s stage is shared with some very special guests, Gibson is at the center of every last note; contributing bits of bass, guitar, piano, pump organ, vibraphone, synthesizer, marimba, even a marching drum. The result is richer and more revealing than any of her previous records – two solo albums and an
experimental LP with Ethan Rose – but it never loses sight of her start as a young singer-songwriter who felt more at home playing in an AIDS hospice (where she had a standing weekly gig for two years) than in Portland’s vibrant (and at times, overwhelming) indie music scene.
Gibson’s previous work was praised for its timelessness, for the almost vintage quality of her voice. But of course her art and outlook aren’t solely influenced by the past. “I am someone who loves old things and could easily dwell in nostalgia,” she explains, “but I really felt this needed to be a statement about the future – about moving forward fearlessly – and I think the process of making the record and the finished album reflect that desire.” As Gibson sings on the ninth track of La Grande, “Time is not against us.”
Lost Lander is a project founded by songwriter/forester Matt Sheehy when he began work on a new album with producer Brent Knopf. Now a quartet, the band lives and breathes in Portland, OR and features Dave Lowensohn (bass), Patrick Hughes (drums) and Sarah Fennell (keys).