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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Album Review: Typhoon "Hunger and Thirst"

Portland’s Typhoon will finally fulfill many fans desire with the release of their new album, Hunger and Thirst, on May 4th by local culture mavens Tender Loving Empire. With gorgeous cover art by R.S. Delucco, the work was produced and recorded by Paul Laxer in the Victorian house they share capturing the beautiful sound and experience of the house shows that Typhoon has become well-recognized for.

It’s been five years since their self-titled debut came out on their own Boy Gorilla Records. The maturity of the group is immediately evident. With seven core members and seventeen players on the record, Typhoon is a mashup of instrumentalists that can pull back to stillness just as easily as they cascade into symphonic emotion. On Hunger and Thirst, they find a taut balance between the two, crafting orchestral folk music arranged for deep impact.

Read the rest of the review on Oregon Music News

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Album Review: Graymaker

A while ago I wrote this review of Grayskul and Maker's collaborative project, GRAYMAKER, which came out at the end of 2009 on Taxidermy Records.

Graymaker is the latest release from Seattle’s Grayskul: emcees JFK and Onry Ozzborne of Oldominion and Rhymesayers fame. This project finds them working with Maker, the Chicago-based producer behind the highly acclaimed group Glue.

Maker’s production here is like the soundtrack to a dark seventies crime film. Eerie horns wail over classic soul guitars. The synth is subtle and the drum samples are all very organic, which gives the whole album a classic sound. Jazz and funk elements mesh in spacious loops building an atmosphere of a street late at night.

Read the full review on Oregon Music News