KUTX at Home: The Weather Station 5.7.21

Photo by Jeff Bierk

KUTX at Home: The Weather Station 5.7.21

Host: Jody Denberg; Producer: Deidre Gott; Live Songs: \"Robber\" \"Lost\" Album: Ignorance

Toronto’s Tamara Lindeman makes records as The Weather Station. And the fact that Ignorance her fifth and newest album, has climate change as its lyrical subtext makes her chosen band name seem prescient. “I decided to hide behind this imaginary persona, that the recordings were made by a person who lived in a weather station in the in the Arctic, which was a very romantic 20-year old’s view. But it’s interesting because I actually think that that origin story makes a lot of sense actually, for what The Weather Station (now) is.”

But don’t come to Ignorance expecting to hear a protest record. “It’s an emotions record,” Lindeman declares, and one listen proves her right. In fact, it’s not quickly apparent what Ignorance is specifically about. It’s one of those collections of songs broad enough to project yourself into, the multi-faceted work of a songwriter operating at the top of her game.

And after being described on previous releases as an indie-folk artist, The Weather Station (now recording for Fat Possum Records after years of operating DIY) has embraced a more rhythmic, visceral approach. “You know, it was a real revolution for me. I was touring my (2018) self-titled record a lot. And I have very strange rhythm. I have an esoteric since of rhythm. I like to move the beat around when I’m accompanying myself. And that’s something that I’ve always kind of accentuated in my recordings because I think it’s interesting. But I really had an epiphany from playing those shows that I just wanted to change how I approach the whole thing.”

For evidence of The Weather Station’s musical evolution, enjoy the two exclusive full-band performances included during our KUTX AT HOME interview session below. And keep your fingers crossed that we’ll all be able to enjoy The Weather Station perform live in Austin early in 2022.    Jody Denberg, KUTX host



Songs: “Robber” “Loss”
Album: Ignorance

The Weather Station live performance recorded at Canterbury Music Studios

Musicians: Tamera Lindeman, vocals; Kieran Adams, drums; Christine Bougie,  guitar; Philippe Melanson, percussion; Johnny Spence, piano; Ben Whiteley, bass

Engineer: Julian Decorte; Audio Mix: Howie Beck; Cameras: Colin Medley, Blake Hannahson; Editor: Colin Medley

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