In 2008, David Berman released the final Silver Jews album “Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea“. Since then, he has been on a hiatus for a decade – mostly living in his Nashville home, studying as he says.
And it was only after the death of his mother that he picked up his guitar again and created “I Loved Being My Mother’s Son” – a song that is lyrically bereaved but musically at peace and sets the tone for his comeback album, an eponymous album, under the name Purple Mountains.
The subject matter of the album is grim, with plainspoken songs of heartbreak, grief, and bitterness. Members of the Brooklyn psych-folk band Woods were recruited by Berman to render each Purple Mountains song and he himself has often talked about the hard work he had to do to live up to the quality of his classic work. Needless to say, he pulled it off.