words by tom johnson
photograph by jeremy hernandez
Like a blossoming deep friendship, Typhoon’s Offerings LP, released in the intangible void of early January, seems to demand more intrigue and affection the more time you spend with it. A sprawling, ambitious work, the record was divided in to fourteen separate tracks but perhaps works better as one long and shapeshifting journey, the whole thing lending greater captivation the deeper you dig. At 70-minutes in length, it’s not one for the faint-hearted, nor the fleeting listener, but as we make our way toward to mid-point of 2018 it’s one that, as its title suggest, continues to provide nourishment.
Taking that aforementioned companionship analogy one step further, if the record is indeed a burgeoning friendship then the band’s new video, for the wonderfully sweeping “Remember”, and which we’re extremely excited to premiere here today, is akin to a great adventure that solidifies such a thing; a striking moment out of time that is wildly compelling, making you view the work within through new and changed eyes.
Beautifully filmic, the video was made by Director Jordan Halland and makes for a bold counterpart to the equally intrepid piece of music it accompanies. “There are few bands can tell a story like Typhoon,” Halland says, regarding his relationship to the band. “You can feel in a single lyric the sorrow of years lost in, and the hope of, an unwritten future. As a filmmaker, I love the journey their music takes me on but even if there wasn’t a single word spoken the music itself tells a story of trial and triumph, loss and longing, heartache and hope.”
“At the same time that we were talking about the video, my grandfather was dying,” Halland expands. “He was a giant of a man, a fire chief by trade and a quiet mountain in my life. It pained him to rely on anyone but himself and much like the man at the center of Typhoons album, he was not going to go without a fight. I took all of this in as I listened to the song on repeat as my wife and I raced through the Columbia Gorge, hoping to see him one last time. It was in those moments that I realized that what this man and my grandpa wanted, was to bundle up everything that still held value in their life and run away. But that doesn’t work in songs or real life. So in the end, their bag is still empty and you can only hope that they find peace in those final moments.”
A profoundly moving coming-together of film and song, the final result is, simply, a music video, sure, but it’s also something more than that; a little glimpse in to a life, fictionalised or otherwise, that gently pulls apart the fabric of your own day and makes you think a little deeper about your own movements, of the movements that have already been and gone. Which is just about the highest praise we can give it. Find a quiet five-minutes and watch it in full below right now.
‘Offerings’ LP is out now, via Roll Call Records. Buy it here
May 27: Seattle, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
June 1: Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
June 3: Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
June 4: Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom
June 6: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
June 7: Baltimore, MD @ WTMD First Thursday Concert Series
June 8: Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
June 9: Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
June 12: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
June 14: Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
June 15: Cincinnati, OH @ Summer Music Series on Fountain Square
June 16: St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
June 18: Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
June 20: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
June 21: Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
June 23: Los Angeles, CA @ Arroyo Seco Festival