This band is called The Weather Station and they are a Canadian folk band that was formed in 2006. My first impressions of the band and what stood out the most was the lead singer. The lead singer’s name is Tamara Lindeman and her voice is amazing. She has a soothing voice which is shown throughout their album Ignorance. The gentleness of voice creates this relaxing atmosphere for the listener. What makes the album soft and calming is the instrumentation. Some instruments that are included are flute, strings, guitar and saxophone. The sound of the soft instruments puts the brain in a relaxing state of mind. I would recommend this album to anyone that is stressed out or having trouble going to sleep. It’s also good music to study or do homework to. I listen to this album while doing my school work and it helps me focus more. The band has the same vibes as 4 Non Blondes’ vibes. With the soft playing of the guitar, the calming vocals and the combination of different instruments, I immediately thought of the 90s alternative rock band, 4 Non Blondes.
I didn’t like the album at first. It took me a minute to get into it because it’s relaxing and calming. As I started to listen to it more and more, I started to warm up to it. This band is intriguing to listen to because it’s different from the music that I listen to normally.
When I listen to music, I have to pump up. The genre of music that I listen to is mostly EDM (electronic dance music), rap and hip hop. The music always has me moving and bobbing my head. I have to hear that bass throbbing in my ears for me to listen to it. I usually listen to music when I need to get a lot of work done or if I am working out. This album made me sit back and relax for a bit. This was not the music I was used to listening to but it was a good change of pace.
My favorite songs from this album were “Loss” and “Wear.” I relate to these songs the most because loss talks about the pain of grieving about anything and wear is understanding the world and people. Some lyrics from “Loss,” “It was only so wide you could open your eyes, You could only let in so much light, But you knew the story had never been true.” This seems to be implying that the artist is going through some grieving period or shocking news that wasn’t hard before.
Overall, I would recommend this album to anyone who is looking for some new music to relax or studying music. This album creates an atmosphere that allows the brain and body to relax.
Imani Turner-Wells is a second year Cinema and Photography major. They can be reached at [email protected].
Art by Julia Young.