Published Oct 14, 2020Tamara Lindeman is returning to the Weather Station with a new single. Called "Robber," the song marks her first new material since the project's 2017 self-titled album, and you can hear her return now for yourself.
The single — her first for Next Door Records/Fat Possum — has arrived alongside a video directed by Lindeman herself. For the track, Lindeman gathered a seven-piece backing band and, according to a press release, "assigned different people to opposing teams; one team of order and straightness, the other of chaos and improvisation."
In a statement about the new Weather Station song, Lindeman said the following:
I think in my life I've been pretty naive, always tried to see the good in everyone (still do), always tried to make do with what is and not think of what can't be (still do). But those attitudes are dangerous when applied at a societal level, especially at this moment in time. I think we're all in denial a bit, about where we are, and what is happening, because it's easier on some level, easier to try and make do with what's missing than to see what's missing. I think it's hard to believe in the robber, hard to even see the robber; it's easier to try and make love to or glamourize the robber. It hurts too much otherwise. To put it straight; there are real human people who are literally robbing us and all future generations of all of everything that matters, right now. But we literally can't see that as a society, because for one thing because we've been taught not to value what is taken, and for another because we've been taught to glamourize and love the taker. We love to love the taker. We don't know how to see the victim of the taking.
As for the "Robber" video, it marks Lindeman's first venture into directing, with the clip being shot by Jared Raab.
Of the video, she stated:
Throughout the video is a thread of denial, of people performing their roles even when nothing seems to make sense, and nothing is quite right, and we are quite literally lost in the woods; which feels like a pretty perfect summation of our year so far. From an emotional and mood standpoint, I wanted the video to feel like how 2020 does to me; steeped in a sort of omnipresent unease and a threat of distant violence, even as life goes on, performers perform, dancers dance, food couriers seek addresses. The threat is felt only by some characters, while others are curiously unaffected, seeming not even to notice. I wanted to capture the disorientation of participating in capitalism and performance in general, where it can feel like power and co-option, self actualization and violation, sometimes all at once.
Watch the video for "Robber" below.
So far, there is no word about a new Weather Station album, but keep those fingers crossed.