By Nick Laugher
CALGARY — Artistic momentum is a force to be reckoned with – once you get the ball rolling, it’s nearly impossible not to let yourself get completely swept up in doing what you love. Judging by her track record the past couple of years, singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman is no stranger to the concept.
Lindeman, who plays and records under the moniker the Weather Station, also plays in Bruce Peninsula and has been gallivanting around on tours supporting celebrated Canadian acts like Bahamas, Timber Timbre and Basia Bulat over the past few years. As if that wasn’t enough, Lindeman also found the time through all of this to record a wonderfully forlorn EP featuring elegant and hushed rumination on love, as well as hole up for a short time in France to record her latest full-length, Loyalty, that’s due in early 2015. It’s enough to make anyone feel woefully unproductive.
Her new EP, titled What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know, is a delicate and prescient exhumation of what it means to fall in love. The record came together upon Lindeman realizing that she’d recorded bits and pieces in various locations over the last year that formed two triads of songs, with one side exploring the whirlwind that is falling in love and the other grappling with the self-doubt, confusion and cynicism that comes along with that. While Lindeman worked with long-time collaborator Daniel Romano on some of the EP, she also spent some time recording in North Carolina with Megafaun.
“I had been writing these new songs and so I called up Dan and we just got together and recorded some tunes, and that was it. Simple,” she says. “But, then like a month after that I went down to North Carolina to play the Hopscotch festival and met I the Megafaun dudes, and they were just super sweet dudes, and they loved my record All Of It Was Mine and they just kept telling me that they wanted to record and were like, ‘No, just come down here for the weekend,’ and so I did. It sounded really beautiful, but we didn’t record a whole album, just a couple of things.”
Eventually Lindeman and You’ve Changed Records head honcho, Steve Lambke (Constantines, Baby Eagle), decided to combine the results of both sessions after Lindeman found two three-song sets that pulled at threads of the same emotional narratives.
“I was in love,” says Lindeman about the first side of the record.
“I was writing all these songs about this beautiful thing coming into my life, but also thinking about how it changes your perception of the world and yourself. It’s very confusing, and sometimes it’s like, ‘What am I going to do with everything I know about this situation right now?’ Like, you’re trying to accept something as good, but you have all of this knowledge but also these questions, and you don’t know what to do about it all.”
The second side, however, has a somewhat more-sombre tone, replete with doubt, confusion and anxiety when it comes to accepting that love.
“The other songs were about doubt, just being cynical and being doubtful, and then trying to be naive and innocence in a situation that requires naivety. There was a thread of having trouble trying to trust your experience or your memory,” she says.
“Those times when your memories are very ephemeral. It’s a beautiful side of the record in that way.”
So, while we patiently wait for the Weather Station’s 2015 full-length, hopefully the haunting and delicate beauty of this lovelorn EP will be more than enough to tide us over through the winter.
What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know was released on October 14 via You’ve Changed Records.AB, Alberta, Weather Station