Album of the Week: The Weather Station | How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars

The Weather Station is Tamara Lindeman, also known as Tamara Hope, a Canadian musician and actress who makes music a few steps astride the typical. Steps that I feel are in the right direction.

How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars was released by Fat Possum in March, and I’ve been ingesting this slightly odd wonder ever since. Slightly odd because there’s a willful awkwardness bound in beauty, like a fawn’s first steps, that belie this music’s skillful construction and determination.

Lindeman works at the piano as her vocal accompaniment along with Christine Bougie (Guitar, Lap Steel), Ryan Driver (Piano, Flute, Vocals), Tania Gill (Wurlitzer, Pianet), Karen Ng (Saxophone, Clarinet), and Ben Whiteley (Upright Bass). All together, they make quiet introspective music that feels as much folk as timeless elegy, a lament for life’s disappointments lit by hope.

On “Stars,” Lindeman sings “I swear to god, this world will break my heart” and listening through How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars can have the same result.