The Weather Station - What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know
Released October 14, 2014
By Charlie Dims
Love is hard. Transitions are just as hard. Sometimes finding the words to describe the emotional highs and lows of life can be reassuring in itself. To mix lyrical truths with excellent musicianship means the result tends to lead to high-quality songs that can be played over and over again without losing any of their attractive qualities. Such is the case with The Weather Station’s new EP What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know. It’s a subtle, introspective album that tells the hard truths that come with love and change.
Starting the EP is Don’t Understand. With gentle acoustic guitar playing and a voice that is soft and reflective, the song paints a moment of trying to piece everything together after major changes have occurred. “I don’t understand anything that has happened to me/Like I’m telling a friend and I don’t even believe me” goes one of the lines. Yet, however much confusion lies in the song, the fact that the narrator feels “irreversibly free” suggests a sense of renewal.
What Am I Going To Do (With Everything I Know) continues the theme of change, though this time with another person added into the mix. From here on out, the EP asks not just about understanding oneself, but about understanding the complexities of two people moving towards and around each other. These two people are both experienced enough in love to be wary, and even a little jaded, by it. Questions of durability, of how the two will survive “all the changes” that love goes through (Time), of what will come after each moment are all asked. There are few answers provided on this EP but, like most things in life, the only way to know is to experience. Using great subtlety and intimacy, The Weather Station’s What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know makes you feel as though you couldn’t get any closer than if you were experiencing every beautiful and bewildering moment firsthand.