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Purple Mountains

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Ten years after the end of The Silver Jews, David Berman appeared back on the scene with Purple Mountains, much to the surprise of most. It must have come as a shock to fans of the cult songwriter, who would have an even bigger shock in store a month after the release of the eponymous album when the musician committed suicide. Cut off from the world of music, he who had opted for a decade of silence suddenly produced ten masterpieces, narrating his long retirement as well as the death of his mother, his complicated relationship with his wife and of course his chronic depression. A heavy programme which nonetheless doesn’t stop this album of flamboyant folk and silky country from shining and following in the footsteps of Townes Van Zandt, another great country star who wallowed in despair and loneliness. The production by members of the band Woods also helps to embellish every song: vibraphone, Mellotron, Hammond organ, pedal steel guitar, trumpets and bass accompany this poetic journey through depression and melancholy which also doesn’t shy away from humour on occasion. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
That's Just the Way That I Feel
00:03:23

Purple Mountains, Composer, MainArtist, MusicPublisher

2019 Drag City 2019 Purple Mountains

2
All My Happiness Is Gone
00:04:20

Purple Mountains, Composer, MainArtist, MusicPublisher

2019 Drag City 2019 Purple Mountains

3
Darkness and Cold
00:03:58

Purple Mountains, Composer, MainArtist, MusicPublisher

2019 Drag City 2019 Purple Mountains

4
Snow Is Falling in Manhattan
00:06:03

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2019 Drag City 2019 Purple Mountains

5
Margaritas at the Mall
00:03:54

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2019 Drag City 2019 Purple Mountains

6
She's Making Friends, I'm Turning Stranger
00:04:11

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2019 Drag City 2019 Purple Mountains

7
I Loved Being My Mother's Son
00:04:20

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2019 Drag City 2019 Purple Mountains

8
Nights That Won't Happen
00:06:08

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2019 Drag City 2019 Purple Mountains

9
Storyline Fever
00:04:46

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2019 Drag City 2019 Purple Mountains

10
Maybe I'm the Only One for Me
00:03:18

Purple Mountains, Composer, MainArtist, MusicPublisher

2019 Drag City 2019 Purple Mountains

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Ten years after the end of The Silver Jews, David Berman appeared back on the scene with Purple Mountains, much to the surprise of most. It must have come as a shock to fans of the cult songwriter, who would have an even bigger shock in store a month after the release of the eponymous album when the musician committed suicide. Cut off from the world of music, he who had opted for a decade of silence suddenly produced ten masterpieces, narrating his long retirement as well as the death of his mother, his complicated relationship with his wife and of course his chronic depression. A heavy programme which nonetheless doesn’t stop this album of flamboyant folk and silky country from shining and following in the footsteps of Townes Van Zandt, another great country star who wallowed in despair and loneliness. The production by members of the band Woods also helps to embellish every song: vibraphone, Mellotron, Hammond organ, pedal steel guitar, trumpets and bass accompany this poetic journey through depression and melancholy which also doesn’t shy away from humour on occasion. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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