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Typhoon is currently capping its membership, touring and otherwise, at twelve members. While this may seem like a gratuitously sprawling lineup, one listen to any of the band's releases makes it obvious that each member is making an important contribution to the deceptively simple but lushly textured sounds on each track. Typhoon, whose music has appeared on Being Human and Chuck, sounds like it absorbed some of the downbeat pacing of Black Heart Procession or the defiantly melancholic emotional timbre of Red Pony Clock's later material. The group is never short on subtlety as it weaves together stories that cover deeply personal territory without becoming mired in maudlin self-righteousness. Frontman Kyle Morton isn't exactly an anti-star in the vein of John Lydon; rather, his modesty and quiet dignity are the core of Typhoon's unconventional charm.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.