Tamara Lindeman’s music under the cover of “The weather stationis being hailed as one of the most stunning indie releases of the last weird year.
“Ignorance” – an album filled with strings and brass, deep vocals and lushness – calls for personal and environmental justice. Lindeman recorded the album in Toronto with a large ensemble of musicians who contributed to the broad musical scope.
Lindeman recently joined WUNC to discuss this new album, its meaning, and its potential impact.
This is an excerpt from an edited transcript of that conversation. You can listen to the full interview by clicking the LISTEN button at the top of this article.
The title of the disc — “Ignorance” — has several meanings. Did you have something specific in mind?
“I love the complexity of that word. … I think the thing I was thinking about the most when entitling the record was how ignorance is one of the only words in the English language that literally means nothing – your own ignorance is a thing that as soon as you see it ceases to become ignorance, it’s like the dark matter of the mind.”
It’s not often that a collection of sophisticated pop songs are hailed by conservationists… What power do you think music has as a platform for change?
“I don’t know if it has a lot of power… I think sometimes we exaggerate the power of our culture. But you know, at the same time, I would also say that I absolutely believe that, what there is beautiful in music does it cross barriers it breaks down walls I know I just said cultural change doesn’t matter but it does at the same time where it’s like if someone around you speaks a certain way changes the way you think, then you change how people around you think and that ripples out.”
On the cover of the record, you are depicted in the woods wearing a mirror costume. How did you come up with the idea of making this garment?
“I love it. It’s like a fairy tale. When you wear it in the natural world it just reflects the sky, it reflects the trees, I love that it makes me feel like I’m the invisible man, like I was like I was part of my surroundings and I loved that it looked so good and really was just pieces of mirror glued onto a costume.”