(Photo Credit - Brendan Ko)
A year after the release of their critically acclaimed Ignorance, The Weather Station are back with How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars. For fans of Ignorance, you'll be happy to know that this new release is a companion album to that release. Not only were the songs written at the same time, but they are also linked thematically. What started off as a list of ballads for Tamara Lindeman that were too soft for Ignorance, have morphed into a work all it's own.
What fans of The Weather Station will get on How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars is a collection of deeply touching ballads, often accompanied by piano and Lindeman's dynamic vocal work. While traditionally, The Weather Station has been put into the genre of folk, this album very much defies that notion. These are indie-pop ballads that cut you to the core. There is no way you can listen to this album without feeling something.
Recorded in live takes over just three days, Lindeman and her band required total focus for these sessions. Lindeman effortlessly weaves thematic strings of love, loss, and the climate crisis and it feels right. With How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars, Lindeman was trying to make a vulnerable record. On this via press release, she states: "To understand where we are today is to directly confront fragility..." It's all laid to bare here on this record, unapologetically, it's brutally honest, and open in its message.
Rating - 4/5