David Berman, the man behind the Silver Jews and Purple Mountains, died two months ago at the age of 52 – less than a month after the release of his newly formed band’s first album.
His death saw an outpouring of tributes from, among many others, members of The National and The Mountain goats.
Approaching Perfection is dedicated to Berman, and includes new covers of Silver Jews and Purple Mountains songs by Dean Wareham, Adam Green, Jeffrey Lewis, Pete Astor (The Loft), Robert Scott (The Bats), Jad Fair, Business of Dreams, Kyle Forster (who played with Berman in Purple Mountains), Jeremy Jay, Diane Cluck, Daisies, Holy Wave, Caged Animals, Bill Baird, and more.
Speaking to Brooklyn Vegan, Xavier Mazure said about the LP: “The idea came from my friend Baptiste Fick, who taught me two decades ago how to play How To Rent a Room on a guitar. ‘What if we organized a tribute compilation of David Berman?’ As is customary at Section 26, I responded: “Let’s do it. We’ll think about it afterwards”. The musicians we started to contact reacted the same way, with short and direct answers. We often got a modest: ‘I’m in, buddy!’ Sometimes, we’d receive whole testimonies of an encounter, an interaction with David Berman around Jewish mysticism, or teenage memories which obviously struck a chord with Baptiste and me. Even the most legitimate refusals were encouraging.”
Listen to the album below:
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