The Weather Station (Tamara Lindeman)

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I don't know much about this band/artist, but Loyalty (2015) is a miracle of a record - I must have listened to it a hundred times. Comparisons to Bill Callahan and Joni Mitchell have been made. Suggestions for similar bands are v welcome but I'm also OK with this being fairly unique.

First track off Loyalty is called "Way It Is, Way It Could Be":

niels, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 07:32 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

New single sounds great, slightly new direction and the forthcoming album is s/t so should be interesting

niels, Friday, 21 July 2017 06:32 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

still going strong

niels, Saturday, 16 September 2017 09:50 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

New s/t album. Sounds very interesting, there are definitely joni mitchell vibes. She also has that crystal clear voice i cannot not listen to. The lyrics seem to be quite elaborate too.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 30 September 2017 12:57 (three years ago) link


there's a good interview at

niels, Saturday, 30 September 2017 14:02 (three years ago) link

Was a little lukewarm on the last record -- this one sounds like a step up. Joni vibes still very much there but a little more assured this time. Some nice string arrangements too.

tylerw, Saturday, 30 September 2017 14:58 (three years ago) link

I am really falling in love with the album. Somehow her voice reminds me strongly of someone else's. But I don't know who it is. Especially when she whispers. It has got that folk rock tinge. It is not Sandy Denny though.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Sunday, 1 October 2017 20:53 (three years ago) link

joni mitchell?

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 1 October 2017 22:08 (three years ago) link

also, at times, laura marling and angel olsen

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 1 October 2017 22:09 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

Whoah, I just heard this for the first time. Fantastic record!!

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 19:19 (two years ago) link


Thirty is a great song, too

niels, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 19:22 (two years ago) link

she sounds more asserted and direct on the new album, it's a lot rockier too, an interesting evolution from Loyalty, perhaps even, as many reviews have suggested, a more fully realized version of the Weather Station

and yet I have to admit that atm I prefer Loyalty, which to me is a masterpiece of understatement

on another note, I think new album opener "Free" is the first song I've heard to contain the word "adamant", beautifully sung

niels, Thursday, 28 December 2017 08:34 (two years ago) link

Love this record.

Matt DC, Thursday, 28 December 2017 10:25 (two years ago) link

wow this is amazing

Joan Digimon (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 29 December 2017 15:48 (two years ago) link

great album

Simon H., Friday, 29 December 2017 16:17 (two years ago) link

getting pretty obsessed with this band

Joan Digimon (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 30 December 2017 14:40 (two years ago) link

I hear they are very good live too, really hope to catch them on their next European tour

I'm noticing the lyrics more on s/t than Loyalty and there is no doubt she is a strong writer

niels, Saturday, 30 December 2017 19:45 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I believe Loyalty is one of the most beautiful records ever made

niels, Thursday, 18 January 2018 13:54 (two years ago) link

It really is. This story and performance added a whole other dimension to it for me.

Stevie T, Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:49 (two years ago) link

Wow, that is powerful... made my eyes tear up a bit.

niels, Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:34 (two years ago) link

four weeks pass...

I wanted permission, I wanted expedition, I wanted to have weight to throw around—for you to look up when I found something so beautiful, and I could tell you somehow. I’d never have to shout, you would listen to my know-how, all the love our love allows. I felt so clumsy and plain; I was filled with so much shame, just trying to say to say to say to say, to call out anything by name. Every line felt lifted, every smooth stone was pitted by the wind and rain that hit it, and I never could forget it like you forgot it. I wanted to set it all down so it would open to you like a flower; yes, I wanted power.

I just lose it at this bit - so, so beautiful. Thank you to everyone who voted for this in the 77 because this just destroys me <3

call me by your name..or Finn (fionnland), Thursday, 15 February 2018 21:25 (two years ago) link

that story is very powerful

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 16 February 2018 16:37 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

I liked this album a lot at first and it's only grown on me, she's as good a songwriter as anyone operating right now

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 5 April 2018 19:27 (two years ago) link

i was just googling about weather station and i had no idea she was an accomplished actress under the name tamara hope (?!)

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 5 April 2018 19:35 (two years ago) link

seeing her live next week and I am v. excited!

erry red flag (f. hazel), Thursday, 5 April 2018 20:05 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

New song! The Robber

Musically, on this song I think I was swimming around in some swamp between the circular rhythms of Ethiopian jazz, the muscular qualities of new wave, the jazz influence of my local music scene in Toronto, and the beautiful gentleness and questioning of Talk Talk records.


knowing for certain the first touch of the light will finish you (fionnland), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 14:15 (two weeks ago) link

did the bio on this, it's amazing

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 14:26 (two weeks ago) link

holy moly, I hope there's an album on the way as inspired!

corrs unplugged, Thursday, 15 October 2020 11:33 (two weeks ago) link

that new song is phantastic. getting very strong talk talk vibes from it.

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 17 October 2020 17:49 (one week ago) link

oh she even said it, how honest!

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 17 October 2020 17:50 (one week ago) link

Yeah this is great, album soon please.

Matt DC, Saturday, 17 October 2020 18:04 (one week ago) link

Fantastic track. Loved her past albums but this is a huge leap upwards.

doug watson, Saturday, 17 October 2020 19:23 (one week ago) link

Picking up some mid-90s Laurie Anderson vibes on "Robber" this song

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Monday, 19 October 2020 20:50 (one week ago) link

woops...really gotta proof before i post

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Monday, 19 October 2020 20:51 (one week ago) link

This should be Exactly My Thing, but it feels a little too on the nose somehow? I'll give it another shot.

pomenitul, Monday, 19 October 2020 20:51 (one week ago) link

I just listened - first time hearing this band and I'm in love.
Gonna give the self-titled a spin tomorrow.

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Monday, 19 October 2020 21:01 (one week ago) link

love this but of course i'd love this sort of talk talk-adjacent sophisti-pop stuff

ufo, Monday, 19 October 2020 22:51 (one week ago) link

Loyalty remains my favorite - one of my all time favorite albums, desert island stuff - but very curious about the new one

corrs unplugged, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 09:02 (one week ago) link

Something Sandro Perri about it too.

Evan, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 03:10 (two days ago) link

Read about this on another thread, and wondering how she managed to pass me by!

So after listening to The Robber, I went back and listened to the previous two albums, and getting kind of a Julia Holter vibe from them - the combination of folk-rock plus jazzy bits plus those unexpected modern-classical string arrangements bringing out unexpected twists?

Also got an intensely familiar vibe from her voice, like a sense of "I know her...?" (Does she remind me of Holter, or Glasser? Or someone else?) But also think that she taps into a certain style of North American White Girl Pretty-Voice which *feels* achingly familiar, becuase it is definitely a quality of voice which signifies something - but it's that quality of vocal tone which feels familiar, rather than her actual singing voice?

first we save the rave (Branwell with an N), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 12:10 (two days ago) link

Her voice doesn't sound much like either to me - I only really know the S/T but I have absolutely hammered it over the years, as with Julia Holter actually. Her voice is fuller and richer than Holter's and they're coming from different place I think (modern classical/chamber pop vs rich girl indie-folk).

I dunno, is Joni Mitchell too obvious a reference point? Laura Marling?

Matt DC, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 13:58 (two days ago) link

Also I'm listening to Loyalty now and feeling like a dick for not doing so years ago.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 13:59 (two days ago) link

First listen and her voice in places has got a deep velvety but slightly husky quality that makes me think of Tanita Tikaram

kites aren't fun (NickB), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 14:32 (two days ago) link

heard this live version on a comp a year or two ago, hadn't realized there was a video. sometimes her vocal phrasing reminds me of paul simon in a good way.

adam, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 14:41 (two days ago) link

"thirty" is such an amazing song

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 15:06 (two days ago) link

Tamara feels to me like the refinement and distillation of a handful of threads of Canadian music-- Siberry, The Hip, Gordon Lightfoot in particular. Most importantly, though, is the intangible "wrecking crew" of musicians/producers/engineers in Toronto and Montreal (in particular)-- more of a "wrecking cloud", I guess-- a larger collective of extremely capable individuals, many of whom are prominently featured in The Weather Station's recordings. You'll find a lot of the same musicians on this record are also featured, say, on Lido Pimienta's recent Tiny Desk, or my own production work; we're really having a moment up here imo!

It's nice to see Will Kidman (of Constantines, Woolly Leaves) on guitar in that video of "Thirty"; he is playing drums in the video for "Robber", too

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 15:25 (two days ago) link

finally checked out "robbers" def hear the ricki lee jones pirates era in it

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 15:27 (two days ago) link

re that cloud, two drummers on <I>Ignorance</i> (neither is kidman) - one of them is Phil Melanson, who is all over (for example) the new Sam Gendel record

and then there are contributions from toronto's jazz/ratdrifting crew, like Ryan Driver and Christine Bougie

sean gramophone, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 15:32 (two days ago) link

Oh no, I didn't state that Kidman was on the track itself (I don't know, one way or another), just in the video-- as is Johnny Spence! as an actor. The other drummer is Kieran Adams, and, well, where to start?

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 15:40 (two days ago) link

yeah i didn't mean to correct you, o! obviously you know all this stuff. :) just bringing it to other people's interest/attention

sean gramophone, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 15:48 (two days ago) link

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