A dif­fer­ent state of grace

Ta­mara Lin­de­man’s in­tri­cate songs have never sounded bet­ter than on The Weather Sta­tion.

The Coast - - ARTS - BY BREN­NAN MCCRACKEN The Weather Sta­tion w/Ber­nice

Fri­day, De­cem­ber 8, 7pm The Car­leton, 1685 Ar­gyle Street, $20

Near the begin­ning of “You and I (On the Other Side of the World),” from her self-ti­tled, fourth al­bum as The Weather Sta­tion, Ta­mara Lin­de­man sings what could be taken as a dis­til­la­tion of her mu­sic: “I love be­cause I see.”

De­scrib­ing the lyric and her lat­est record, Lin­de­man ges­tures to­ward the clar­ity at the heart of her ex­pe­ri­ence of emo­tion and mu­sic. “There’s a lot of songs about how love is com­pli­cated or dif­fi­cult or crazy,” she says. “But it’s not love that’s dif­fi­cult. To me, love is the sim­ple part.”

Lin­de­man’s mu­sic has al­ways been in­tri­cate, but her vi­sion has never sounded clearer than on The Weather

Sta­tion. Her lat­est record feels like a rev­e­la­tion of beauty and con­fi­dence—and she and her band are bring­ing it to The Car­leton on Fri­day. “Mak­ing the al­bum was a process of em­pow­er­ing my­self to make those decisions,” she says of The Weather Sta­tion, which she also pro­duced. “When I wrote the record I had a very clear vi­sion of how I wanted the record to sound, down to drum sounds and melodies of the dif­fer­ent in­stru­ments. Ev­ery­thing was pretty clear in my mind, so it was a mat­ter of trust­ing that and mov­ing for­ward piece by piece.”

Lin­de­man’s lyrics are metic­u­lous and pro­saic, sto­ries that res­onate through melody in­stead of rep­e­ti­tion. She de­scribes her song­writ­ing process as a se­ries of re­vi­sions, let­ting go of cau­tion to let her words set­tle into the spaces she opens with melody. “There’s a lot of things that are pretty stress­ful, the world is in a pretty dark place, there’s a lot of un­cer­tainty,” she says. “As an anx­ious, cau­tious per­son, at first I wor­ried about that. But now I got to a point where I’m sort of past that, in a dif­fer­ent state of grace.”

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