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Typhoon Shares Video For “Evil Vibes” – Fifth Studio Album “Sympathetic Magic” Out Now on Roll Call Records

February 13, 2021

Typhoon shares video for “Evil Vibes”
Taken from their fifth studio album Sympathetic Magic out now on Roll Call Records

Portland band Typhoon shares a video for their song “Evil Vibes”, taken from their politically-charged fifth studio album Sympathetic Magic which came out on January 22 through Roll Call Records.
“This is life now,” says the band’s frontman Kyle Morton. “You eat a slice of cake and maybe you enjoy it.  An algorithm somewhere observes this and serves you another slice of cake. I like cake, you think, and you eat the second slice. It goes on like this for a long time – the cakes getting bigger, the frosting ever more elaborate.  After a while you start to feel sick, but all you’ve ever known is eating cake, and anyway this restaurant doesn’t seem to serve anything else.  So you just keep eating.”

This gripping composition pulls you with its brutally honest lyrics and the intricate notes that make up this movement, keeping you fixated throughout each motion of this ensemble. With this fierce surge of soaring instrumentation that injects the opening notes with instant intensity, before that dramatic sweep breaks and allows the fragile lyrics and harrowing vocal harmonies to deliver a truly stunning performance. “Evil Vibes” will move you to your core.

Sympathetic Magic was released as a surprise to fans and met with a wonderful reception, subsequently selling-out both limited-edition vinyl. It was featured as a main release on NPR’s New Music Friday, with Robin Hilton saying of it: “…it’d be easy for music as conceptual as this, and as driven by big ideas as this music is, to take itself [too] seriously, and it never does. It’s always just pitch perfect”.

Sympathetic Magic is the follow-up to the band’s critically-acclaimed fourth LP Offerings, and both records master the same brilliant storytelling. It’s their intricacy that has spot lit Typhoon as indie rock stalwarts. Offerings hit #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album Chart, as well as #34 Top Albums. Along with previous album White Lighter they received Best of The Year nods and praise from NPR, Paste, Uproxx, Stereogum and more. This enabled the band to tour their, at times, 11-piece show, alongside The Decemberists, Portugal the Man and Grouplove, selling out major clubs and venues across America.

In spite of the abundant thematic darkness, Sympathetic Magic is a sonically and creatively positive record. There’s genuine joy in Morton’s wordplay and Typhoon’s performance as they outdo themselves on an LP that will be remembered for years to come as an encapsulation of the spirit of our strange and unprecedented times.

Sympathetic Magic is out now on Roll Call Records and can be purchased exclusively at a selection of record shops with pre-orders available here.


  1. Sine Qua Nonentity
  2. Empire Builder
  3. Motion and Thought
  4. Santos
  5. We’re In It
  6. Two Birds
  7. Evil Vibes
  8. And So What If You Were Right
  9. Time, Time
  10. Room Within The Room
  11. Masochist Ball
  12. Welcome to the Endgame

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