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The Weather Station balances levity and depth in a virtual Free at Noon performance from Toronto
Tamara Lindeman knows how to win over a Philly crowd. After kicking off The Weather Station‘s Free at Noon concert with a breathtaking performance of “Loss,” the singer and songwriter paused for a brief update: the forecast was chilly, and “Wawa’s current hoagie prices are $4.39 for a shorti and $5.59 for a classic.”
Humorous but also poignant, The Weather Station’s five-song set was a fine showcase of their new album Ignorance, just released on Fat Possum Records. A single handheld camera spun around Toronto’s Canterbury Music Company, capturing candid shots of all five members of the band. Lindeman was very much in motion, jumping behind the piano to add beautiful accents on the higher-octave keys, then getting to her feet to stroll around the room and gesture dramatically when not playing an instrument, delivering ruminative and relatable lyrics like “I should know better than to read the headlines” on the swirling “Atlantic.”
Canterbury is the studio that The Weather Station recorded Ignorance in, and today Lindeman was backed by the album band: Johnny Spence on piano, Christine Bougie on guitar, Kieran Adams on drums, Ben Whiteley on bass, and Philippe Melanson on percussion. Their sound together was vibrant and electrifying, channeling Fleetwood Mac on the bass-led groove of “Parking Lot” and Tori Amos on the complex consternation of “Separated,” which Lindeman bitingly sent out to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Watch video of The Weather Station’s performance below, and and check out the virtial Free at Noon archives here.
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