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The Weather Station tries to block out the dread on the driving “Atlantic”

With “Robber” and “Tried To Tell You” already out in the world, The Weather Station returns today with another track from the forthcoming Ignorance, which arrives next month. The new track is called “Atlantic”, and Tamara Lindeman has this introduction:

Trying to capture something of the slipping feeling I think we all feel, the feeling of dread, even in beautiful moments, even when you’re a little drunk on a sea cliff watching the sun go down while seabirds fly around you; that slipping feeling is still there, that feeling of dread, of knowing that everything you see is in perilI feel like I spend half my life working on trying to stay positive. My whole generation does. But if you spend any time at all reading about the climate situation circa now, positivity and lightness are not fully available to you anymore; you have to find new ways to exist and to see, even just to watch the sunset. I tried to make the band just go crazy on this one, and they did. This is one where the music really makes me see the place in my mind; the flute and the guitar chasing each other, wheeling around like birds, the drums cliff like in their straightness; I love the band on this one.”

While ‘trying to stay positive’ has basically become a mantra for a generation, we all can’t fully ignore the fact that on a global scale things are on a seemingly irrevocable slide toward the gutter. The Weather Station taps into these duelling ideas perfectly on “Atlantic”, with Lindeman taking us right into her thought process – “thinking I should get all this dying off of my mind / I should really know better than to read the headlines,” she laments over the driving instrumental. The band, whom she rightfully praises above, are three sheets to the wind, taking us high up into the sky, like her imagination trying to escape the toils of the world and just pulling her consciousness out over the titular “Atlantic”. Flute trills, piano splashes, the band in unison surges away from daily life, and – just for a moment – we half forget the world.

The video for “Atlantic” was once again directed by Lindeman herself. Check it out below.

The Weather Station’s new album Ignorance comes out on February 5 through Fat Possum. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.