Typhoon is a band based in Portland, Oregon. Depending on your source of information, the band has 11, 12 or 13 members. The above picture showing eleven members is currently the band’s Facebook cover photo.
Typhoon will perform during both weekends of the 2013 Austin City Limits Festival in October.
The song "Dreams of Cannibalism" is the musical equivalent of the trite optimist-pessimist test of "half full" or "half empty". It includes so many elements, that it can be argued that merely by giving the song a listen, you’re sure to find something you like. Alternatively, it can be argued that if you listen to the song, you’re bound to find something you don’t care to hear in a song. In this test, we land on the side of being optimists.
“Dreams of Cannibalism” starts with a tease – one second of horns. Yes, one second. Then, there is a gentle guitar play with periodic surges by a piano and the drums. If you like crescendos, this song has plenty. If not, well there’s plenty more to like about the song ("half full!").
Interesting aspects of the single include:
1. A title that seems disjointed from the lyrics (which are included below, along with the “dream interpretation” that provides some explanation);
2. Lyrics that start with a paraphrase of Richard Nixon’s assertion “I am not a crook,” using the term “criminal” instead. [OK, that’s a reach, we know];
3. Horns which periodically enter and exit;
4. Some country guitar twang that is particularly apparent starting at the 1:45 mark;
5. A team shout of “Hey” at 1:54 (like a Lumineers’ style “Hey”);
6. A choir approach toward the end of song.
"Dreams of Cannibalism" by Typhoon