American rock band Typhoon’s music is indie rock with an interesting mix of unusual instruments weaving their way through the band’s songs, including violins, xylophones, horns, hand claps and more.
So it is probably not surprising the Music Supervisor of the supernatural TV series The Originals thought Typhoon’s music would fit in just perfectly with that show.
That’s why you heard Typhoon’s ‘Empiricist’ on the latest episode of The Originals this week — Season 5, Episode 13, “When The Saints Go Marching In” (August 1st, 2018). It was the track played as Elijah is explaining to Klaus he is dying, then continuing on in the flashback montage.
Typhoon’s ‘Empiricist’ is from the band’s latest album Offerings. Released in January of this year on Roll Call Records, Offerings is the indie rock band’s fourth studio album. An album that is beautifully described by lead vocalist Kyle Morton in this way:
It’s a record from the perspective of a mind losing its memory at precisely the same time the world is willfully forgetting its history. The urgent question becomes: without causality, without structures of meaning, without essential features of rational thought, is there anything that can save us from violence/oblivion?
With no past and no future, there is only suffocating, annihilating, present, looping on and on ad infinitum (to me, one plausible definition of hell) and the best you can hope for is that somewhere in the void there exists some small, irreducible certainty—a fragment, a kernel, something—that you may have the good fortune to stumble upon before it’s all over.
You know, a boy/girl-meets-girl/boy-everyone-dies-in-botched-attempt-at-neo-pagan-sacrificial-ritual-on-global-scale kind of thing.
And if that isn’t a bit tragic, I don’t know what is.
Listen to Typhoon’s ‘Empiricist‘ in the video below. You can listen to all of Offerings, which is gorgeous by the way, in the Spotify widget below that.
The album is available for purchase on all the usual platforms.