When: Tue., June 23, 8 p.m. 2015
Toronto’s Tamara Lindeman set up shop just outside of Paris to record Loyalty (Paradise of Bachelors), the impressive third album from her solo project the Weather Station. And in working with close collaborators Afie Jurvanen (aka Bahamas) and engineer Robbie Lackritz, she certainly seems to have used the setting as a way to convey a feeling of hushed intimacy. Her lyrics feel like poetic journal entries as they examine the downside of loyalty, in which friends and lovers end up hurting one another—or fail to help one another—in the long term in order to avoid pain in the present. Conflicts arrive amid sharp observations and rich descriptors: in “Personal Eclipse” she notes, “I remember the dry grass of Nebraska, gray to distant blue” before coming clean about her loneliness and admitting that she was fooling herself into thinking distance was good. Suggesting the influence of Joni Mitchell (though she lacks the range and conviction), Lindeman delivers her words in a mixture of talk-singing and sweet crooning over a delicate lattice of acoustic guitar, fragile piano counterpoint, distant-sounding drums, and gossamer vocal harmonies. —Peter Margasak Weather Stations also perform at Double Door on Wed 6/24.