On September 19, Kyle Morton turned 30. One day later, Morton gifted the world with the release of his personal album titled What Will Destroy You. At face value, this title could allude to war, addiction, or love. Although Morton affirms that the album focuses on the latter, its raw and personal lyrics could be considered a nod at all three. Providing intimate vignettes into a variety of different relationships, Morton pulls from personal and imagined experiences of the famous four-letter-word.
The record unfolds like a story being told by a wise soul, fitting enough for the old-at-heart artist.
“I’ve always sort of felt like an old guy, so I’ve always identified with being old,” says Morton. “So now that I’m getting there it’s kind of reconciling.” For the poor souls experiencing heartbreak, Morton speaks like a seasoned veteran, empathetically understanding and reassuring. With lyrics like, “My god it’s been so long /I see you’re moving on/ you’re right, we’re not dead yet,” from the track “The Aftermath,” Morton encapsulates the familiar sting of reigniting a lost love, if only for a night. Closing the anecdote with, “When I leave you will owe me nothing /when I leave it will all mean nothing,” Morton reflects on the impermanence of love and gives all the wounded hearts of the world a shred of hope -- and another reason to cry.
Built on a solid foundation of intricate guitar riffs, honest lyrics and a litany of instrumentation, Morton crafts a sound that is entirely his own. According to Senior Music Supervisor, Ron Lewis, the record “feels very Autumnal..Pulling back all the layers of a (sometimes) blustery 11 piece band reveals a vulnerable, highly personal and confessional songwriter at the core.” In a letter to his fans, Morton notes: “Most of these songs were written in about a day many of them while walking aimlessly around Portland, others wrote themselves in the moments just before sleep.”
Without Typhoon’s band of 11 musicians at his disposal, Morton had to brush the rust off of his orchestral talents. “It’s all me, you can kind of tell," Morton says. "When you hear a little bit of violin on that you’ll be like ‘Wow, (expletive) the Typhoon string player got kinda bad for this.’ It’s me,” Kyle jests. All humility aside, Morton’s “bedroom project” evolved into a full-bodied narrative, encapsulating themes of love, sexuality, fear and loss, and reminding us that pain is fleeting and heartbreak is universal. As Morton’s track, “Poor Bastard” states: “It will come back eventually, you will be reborn.”