For those who know me, know I’m in love with the band, Typhoon. I’m a sucker for their mastery of all instruments, truly a streamlined orchestra of musical genius. With a band the size of your extended family, don’t be quick to align them with bands like Edward Sharpe or The Polyphonic Spree. Typhoon doesn’t fit in any musical category; they make their own. However, beyond the perfect combination of drums, horns, strings, etc. lies the story of Kyle Morton, the lead singer and visionary behind the hauntingly beautiful lyrics. Listen closely and you’ll unfold a story of lost youth, pain, suffering, and the attempt of understanding.
See, in his youth Kyle struggled with Lyme disease, something that wrecked havoc on his mind and body. In his post on Tender Loving Empire’s website, Morton mentions his attempt to find comprehension for the pain he went through. His channels of effort revolved around something he and his friend call… “Wild Meaninglessness. You can consider it one very bewildered man’s attempt to explain the universe, to himself, in the language of bewilderment.” Dissecting his ‘lost childhood’ in his lyrics, I began to find solace.
On a personal note, I grew up facing a variety of obstacles children should not encounter. And for years I’ve tried to be familiar with myself. The years of our childhood have been said to define our path in life and who we are as individuals in this society. Due to various issues, I emptied my ability to remember into a storage closet to never be touched. The body armor etched thick on my skin and shrouded my ability to develop as a child – forcing a quick maturation.
So now, at age 21 I’m in the process of peeling back the reptilian skin. The skin, which has pulled me away from society, held back meaningful relationships and kept my mind at ease. But with recent evaluations, a mind at ease is a complacent mind. The ego that envelops myself is not real, just a shroud of the skin protecting myself from the pain of lost trust.
Typhoon and Kyle has begun to define the new Logan. Although my organ’s never failed like Kyle’s, (it was my belief in humanity that died) I’m getting my donor vision from those nearest to me. I finally believe in the value of keeping those closest to me, close. I’ve been attempting to dig through the spam of my mind and discover the value and meaning behind my youth. Amidst the constant chaos that life presents me, I’m facing fears, climbing mountains, and jamming out to an expansive band from the Northwest.
One of my favorite songs by Typhoon is The Sickness Unto Death off of their album, “Hunger and Thirst”. Echoing the previous pains, his views on death, and his questioning of his path in life, Kyle ends it with these eargasmic lyrics:
“and when I have my childhood back
I’ll tear every page out of my book
and place them in an urn
strike a match and watch them burn
then I’ll hold the front cover
against the back cover and look
eternity will smile on me”
The Sickness Unto Death – Typhoon
I’m looking for answers. I’m looking to questions I never faced. I’m looking for my eternity. And damn right, it’s going to smile on me.
Oh, and if you’ve got more time, watch this performance by Typhoon for Room 125 Productions, a high-school class project series from Lawrence, Kansas. (I’ll touch on them soon) Listen to the conversation at the end with Kyle and you can begin to understand my infatuation. And go buy “White Lighter”, Typhoon’s album which was just released in August. It is the definition of unreal.