The Weather Station - Tried To Tell You

Song of the Day
Hosted by Kevin Cole

Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by Kevin Cole, co-host of Drive Time on KEXP, is "Tried To Tell You" by The Weather Station, from the 2020 album Ignorance on Fat Possum.

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written by janice headley

The Weather Station (a project of Toronto-based artist Tamara Linderman) returns early next year with her fifth full-length, titled Ignorance, out February 5, 2021 via Fat Possum; today, we get a sneak peek at the new release with today's Song of the Day, "Tried To Tell You."

In a press release, Linderman tells us the track is about “reaching out to someone; a specific person, or maybe every person, who is tamping down their wildest and most passionate self in service of some self (and world?) destructive order​.” The accompanying video was directed by Lindeman herself, and was set near the house where she grew up. She adds:

The video portrays a person who is beset by miracles and visions of beauty, which emanate from inside of and all around him, but rather than reacting with awe or joy, he reacts with annoyance, indifference, and mistrust​. ​We are taught not to see the natural world that we still live in, preferring instead to dwell on the artificial, which is so often a poor substitute for the vibrant real. Flowers really do rise up from mud, and many of us are full of treasures and beauty, but we often discount these things or throw them away.​ 

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