This is a highly anticipated gig. Canadian songstress Tamara Lindeman reinvented herself with her fourth album as The Weather Station, last year’s self-titled affair, and garnered a whole new crop of fans in the process. Lead track ‘Thirty’ is a dazzling intimate story song about growing up, relationships and modern life played out in smart walking-talking rhymes. “I wasn’t close to my family; my dad was raising a child in Nairobi — she was three now, he told me.”
The rest of the album also follows this track’s loose rambling acoustic style, reminiscent of Ryley Walker. The whole feels like a vital and very human statement deservedly garnering a lot of mentions in 2017 end-of-year lists. Often likened to her compatriot Joni Mitchell, Lindeman and band should be entrancing to see in a live setting.
Support comes from occasional Brightonians but Cornish-rooted Red River Dialect whose electric soulful folk is sometimes reminiscent of early Fairport Convention but clearly ploughs its own magical furrow. David Morris’s troupe have a third LP due out this year on the excellent US Paradise of Bachelors label and will be unmissable in this small intimate venue. If you have a ticket, make sure you get there early.
The Weather Station and Red River Dialect, Latest Music Bar, Thurs 1st Feb 2018