Staff Picks: Purple Mountains - S/T

For fans of: True original songwriters. / The Silver Jews / Margaritas at the mall.

What they're saying: The re-emerged ex-Silver Jew has garnered consistently stellar review with this LP including 5 stars from the Guardian and a best-new-music nod from Pitchfork. Also sounds like this singer has been through a lot, catch up (or get familiar) with this profile from Aquarium Drunkard.

What we say: We’re super happy to have David Berman back at work making music. This record is full of tragic songs with real feeling padded out with observations of our absurd and dystopic present. Also, Woods make for a killer backing band for the guy.

Further listening: If you’re just finding the works of David Berman, you must revisit Silver Jews.