I'm not going to give Greinke any points for originality on the title of his latest album; previously he's released works with titles such as 'Before The Storm,' 'Moving Climates,' 'Changing Skies.' 'Big Weather,' 'Weather From Another Planet,' and of course, his last- 'Before Sunrise.' One might think Jeff Greinke was obsessed by the skies and the weather, but considering he was a student of meteorology while at Penn State in the early '80s, it should come as no surprise. Greinke himself says, "My interest in the weather has always been predominantly experiential, and as I get older I find myself attracted to its subtler and quieter aspects. I see a connection between this interest and the kind of music I like to make. This feels especially true with this album."
As with 2018's 'Before Sunrise,' 'Other Weather' spans the genres of modern classical, electronic, and ambient as it gently evolves through a refined set of impressionistic ambient chamber music. Blending electronic ambiences and effects with an acoustic ensemble that includes piano, cello, viola, violin, French horn, clarinets, flutes, and small percussion. This album is really a modern neoclassical/ambient hybrid with a touch of the experimental. Piano is particularly dominant on this album in a way that it was not on the previous one. For example, the first two tracks - "A Stretch of Sun," and "Rain Through the Night" are thoroughly piano-centric, so much so that I thought at first this was going to be a New Age piano album, and it almost is. 'Other Weather' uses the ensemble (Heather Bentley - cello, viola, violin; Greg Campbell - French horn, small percussion; Alex Guy - viola; Paris Hurley - violin) differently than on his previous work, in what I think is a less adventurous capacity. There is a lack of mystery, but the melancholy is ever present here. The heavy complexity of much of 'Before Sunrise' is eschewed in favor of abstraction that sounds more like improvisation on the simplest of motifs.
I think that one can read anything they want into an artist’s work, and the weather connotations may be influential to the listener’s perception of what they are hearing on ‘Other Weather’ but there is no doubt in my mind that Jeff Greinke fans are likely expecting something richer and deeper than this, as well as less steeped in piano, the most overused of all instruments in the New Age genre. Well executed, but still somewhat of a disappointment.