August 16, 2012

who protects the ones i love when i’m asleep?

KEXP radio posted this yesterday and it has been captivating me on repeat; it’s a new song from my friends in Typhoon, recorded live at the Pickathon Festival a few weekends ago. All of it is stunning, but the last ten seconds with the lupine howling that lilts and aches — completely shiver-inducing.

Right now Kyle Morton’s songwriting hits on all my cylinders. I identify with the non-linear way his brain works as it tries to unravel those bindings between life and struggle, and the fears that crouch all around the edges of grownup life, persistently. It weaves around things and draws connections, without ever feeling like it settles into a pop song, but more of a free-form elegy. Lyrically this song sits next to Josh Ritter’s “Wolves” in my mind; Josh talks about waking up one morning and the wolves all being there, in the piano, underneath the stairs, circling round his door, at night clicking across the floor…

Kyle also sings about knowing how the wolves are coming for their share. Life feels full of wolves right now for me, hungry and skinny ones, and for a lot of folks that shine in my universe of friends. So, you know — I get it, guys, as much as I wish we didn’t.

Morton’s Fork – Typhoon

I haven’t slept in seven nights and I’m not tired
who protects the ones I love when I’m asleep?
and though there’s little I can do, I say a prayer

that when the wolves come for their share
they’ll come for me

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  • Typhoon really does make the kind of music that saves lives. And hearts.

    And thank you Heather, for always bringing this music to us.

    David Kolen — August 16, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

  • I’ve loved your blog for years, and now I’m finally commenting–anyway, thanks for this song. I get it right now, too.

    Mia — August 16, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

  • Unbelievable. Another GEM Heather. Typhoon, Cataldo, Tyler Lyle, Vandaveer…ALL Bands I would Have NEVER Heard (And boy do I Love All of Them) if it wasn’t for your blog…Thanks so much. -KEVIN

    Kevin — August 16, 2012 @ 9:56 pm

  • Wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

    M — August 17, 2012 @ 8:46 am

  • I can’t stop listening to this song. Three minutes and 51 seconds of perfection.

    Mallory — August 20, 2012 @ 10:16 am

  • Another fucking gem from this up and coming army of musicians, which you introduced me to a couple years back. Loving that the new songs are fully incorporating all the different musical elements that comprise the band. I think I’d enjoy living in their house. As usual, thanks for sharing!

    B.G. — August 20, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

  • I’m a huge fan of typhoon, it makes me happy to see that there are other people as in love with their music as I am. you have an amazing blog, I’m sad that I hadn’t found it sooner. just splendid! x

    carizza — August 25, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

  • I am reading “My Antonia” by Willa Cather for the first time and just came across a haunting tale of wolves that will stick with me for a long time. It’s a fantastic book.

    Kelly — August 31, 2012 @ 10:00 am

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

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