The Weather Station – “Tried To Tell You”
Just over a month ago, the Weather Station released a stunning new song called “Robber.” Representing an almost complete sonic overhaul compared to what we’re used to hearing from Tamara Lindeman, it was a striking introduction to whatever she was planning next; it ranked at the top of our favorite songs that week. Today she’s back with the official announcement of her new album.
The Weather Station’s latest collection is called Ignorance, and it’ll arrive in early February. “Robber” was a very intentional opening salvo: The first track on the album, it introduces a new fixation on rhythm that runs throughout Ignorance. “I saw how the less emotion there was in the rhythm, the more room there was for emotion in the rest of the music, the more freedom I had vocally,” Lindeman said. As a result, Ignorance found her relying on straight, dance-indebted rhythms, and writing on piano instead of guitar. She built the songs up and then brought them to her band, which included jazz musicians Brodie West on saxophone and Ryan Driver on flute; Lindeman instructed them to improvise against the shape of the songs otherwise.
Along with the announcement, Lindeman has shared another new Weather Station track. This one’s called “Tried To Tell You,” which is about “reaching out to someone; a specific person, or maybe every person, who is tamping down their wildest and most passionate self in service of some self (and world?) destructive order.” Akin to “Robber,” “Tried To Tell You” comes with a video directed by Lindeman and set near the house where she grew up. “The video portrays a person who is beset by miracles and visions of beauty, which emanate from inside of and all around him, but rather than reacting with awe or joy, he reacts with annoyance, indifference, and mistrust,” she said in a statement. “We are taught not to see the natural world that we still live in, preferring instead to dwell on the artificial, which is so often a poor substitute for the vibrant real. Flowers really do rise up from mud, and many of us are full of treasures and beauty, but we often discount these things or throw them away.” Check it out below.
03 “Tried To Tell You”
04 “Parking Lot”