David Berman committed suicide this August and the outpouring from fans (many of whom musicians I admire) made me want to listen to his music.
I had never heard his music before but its easy to see why he has received so much love an adoration since his passing. His lyrics are full of poetic observations unique to his own world view and yet are easily relatable to any listener.
The track “Darkness And Cold” from his last and latest album is a perfect example. A sad subject matter about his ex lover going on a date with someone else is told with a wry sensitivity and poetic genius that elevates it above most alt-country. David Berman achieved this repeatedly on this album and his work in the band “Silver Jews” which I also highly recommend. His unique vision will be sorely missed.