Self-titled and self-produced, The Weather Station is a collection of softly sung tracks that open your eyes to a fair few different genres. On her fourth record, Tamara Lindeman is able to bring together country with pop, and indie with rock and manages to do it well. This eleven-track record is available on Vinyl LP and CD.
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- POB035LP / Deluxe 140g virgin vinyl LP on on Paradise of Bachelors. Features heavy-duty board jacket with full lyrics, full-colour inner sleeve, & high-res download
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 04 October 2017
Singer, songwriter and producer Tamara Lindeman uses her Weather Station alias to create countrified panoramas, taking on all duties for symphonies fitting of whatever area of natural beauty is the most proximal to you. For us it’s Ilkley Moor, and I can certainly imagine looking out from it onto Lindeman’s favourite thing ever -- the horizon.
Continuing to reference the highly descriptive Fairport Convention in her detailed world-building -- both people and the land their feet are on exist in Lindeman’s writing -- she also introduces a punkier, more raucous element, cussing through the haughtier moments of “Thirty” and letting the guitar solos ring out of the corners. There’s immediacy in songs like “Kept It All To Myself”, which feel less verbose and race towards their serenity. The violins swell with as much anxious joy as “Come On Eileen”; Lindeman sounds excited to be wading through her landscape.
The almost indecisive half measures of genre make this record kinda thrilling. “Power”, with its sludgy arpeggiated chords and tumbling riffs, its smoky percussive textures and rambling juxtapositions, somehow has to contend with a lilting strings and elegant piano motif -- how does she do it, I ask, scratching my head at how the song turns from barroom noir to the great outdoors. I can literally imagine Lindeman opening the doors and letting the light in. Such striking, scene-changing detail is rare in any corner of the music world.
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