The Weather Station: how climate grief inspired Tamara Lindeman’s pop rebirth

The former folkie explains how her anxiety and guilt over looming environmental catastrophe became music full of hope and determination

In the 1970s, Tamara Lindeman’s parents moved from Toronto to a part of Ottawa so remote that “snowploughs had only started running there 10 years earlier”, says the Canadian songwriter. A national reforestation initiative prompted them to plant thousands of trees on their 25 acres. By the late 80s, Lindeman would sing in the young forest, cherishing the feeling of safety it gave her. Now the woodland is the setting for the music videos from Ignorance, Lindeman’s fifth album as folk-rock outfit the Weather Station – hailed by many critics as an early album of the year. “I feel like all the pieces of my life came together in this beautiful way,” she says, calling from Toronto.

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