Last weekend most Angelenos were shuttering themselves in from the torrential downpours that we’re not quite accustomed to. This week, we were swept away by Portland’s 11-piece musical storm, Typhoon, at the El Rey Theatre.
Beginning the night was Echo Park’s Line & Circle, whose jangly Smith’s-ish guitar and dreamy, fuzzy pop drew in the earlybirds with ease. Folk-pop band Miner followed, led by the husband/wife duo of Justin and Kate Miner. Regardless of the audience’s rather indifferent reception, Miner didn’t let it stop them from having their own hootenanny on stage. The group’s presence may just be a little too precious for the indie biased crowd. Altogether the audience felt a little different from the typical LA scene – a little younger and a bit more granola.
Typhoon’s singer Kyle Morton even noticed this, praising the respectful audience for their “great etiquette.” With a great crash, the band lived up to their name, blowing us down with the incredible depth of their songs. On record, Typhoon is a perfect comedown from any difficult day. In their live performance, they somehow become even more perfect and eloquent, wooing anyone within earshot. The mix of percussion, horns, string instruments, and Morton’s distinct tone become tactile in the air, like that crisp feeling before a hard rain hits.