By Andrew Bardsley
CALGARY – Music, much like life, is an experiment. And taking risks can result in something amazing or something disappointing. Tamara Lindeman, frontwoman of the Toronto-based indie folk project The Weather Station, wasn’t used to trying new things, but that changed when it came to writing material for her latest self-titled record (2017).
After working on the project for near 10 years, Lindeman knew it was time to think outside the box and try something different. “I was more confident and I knew what I wanted, but I had made a pact with myself to be more confident and not be my usual questioning, doubting self,” she explains. “It was sort of an experiment to see what would happen.”
While Lindeman’s previous efforts had already earned her praise for their similarities in style to folk artists like Gordon Lightfoot and Janis Joplin, her latest leap of faith helped her build confidence and in turn, earned her even more acclaim from bigger outlets such as Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and NPR. She believes this new confidence was born out of necessity. “It felt like I had been around, I had made some records and had some experiences but it felt like it was really time to say something or not.”
The Weather Station starts with a new Lindeman showing off her new airy, confident voice. Opening song “Free” is focused on Lindeman discovering her own sense of freedom. “I think the song is about me understanding that I had never been free but now I feel like the new journey is beginning.”
Over the years, Lindeman has suffered from of mental illness, but through music and conversations with loved ones, she was able to get a better understanding of both her illness and her true self. “To me, with this record, I thought that it would be great to just be able to talk about it as though it was normal,” she notes. “I just felt that it was important to have this hidden thing.”
The Weather Station serves as a new beginning for a more eager Lindeman, one who’s also more confident, sure, and caring for herself.
The Weather Station performs October 10 at Good Will Social Club (Winnipeg), October 11 at The Exchange (Regina), October 12 at Emmanuel Church (Saskatoon), October 13 at The Aviary (Edmonton), October 14 at Festival Hall (Calgary), October 15 at Communitea Café (Canmore), October 17 at Fox Cabaret (Vancouver), and October 18 at Lucky Bar (Victoria).Communitea Cafe, Emmanuel Church, Festival Hall, Fox Cabaret, Good Will Social Club, Lucky Bar, The Aviary, The Exchange, The Weather Station