Purple Mountains is the only studio album by American indie rock band Purple Mountains. The eponymous album was released on July 12, 2019 by Drag City. It is the last album by David Berman before his death on August 7, 2019.
Purple Mountains was the first new studio album from David Berman since the disbandment of Silver Jews in 2009. Created over the course of five years, the album went through various failed attempts at writing and recording with various different sets of musicians and producers. It was eventually recorded with members of the band Woods in 2018, recording in both Chicago and Brooklyn. Woods members Jarvis Taveniere and Jeremy Earl produced the album. The album's themes were inspired by the death of Berman's mother, his retirement from music, his struggles with depression, and his strained relationship with his wife. Berman also made the album in hopes of paying down a six-figure debt he had built up.
A1 That's Just The Way That I Feel
A2 All My Happiness Is Gone
A3 Darkness And Cold
A4 Snow Is Falling In Manhattan
A5 Margaritas At The Mall
B1 She's Making Friends, I'm Turning Stranger
B2 I Loved Being My Mother's Son
B3 Nights That Won't Happen
B4 Storyline Fever
B5 Maybe I'm The Only One For Me