Drag City Records, David Berman's longtime label home, posted a loving obituary of the late Silver Jews/Purple Mountains singer on Monday (Aug. 12), paying homage to the singer's deep, emotional songcraft while encouraging fans struggling with suicidal thoughts to reach out for help.
"We have to keep reminding ourselves that it is real. Then we’re reminded that is real. Then we wish it wasn’t real. It’s like a trapeze act, and we are the worst acrobats, fumbling these truths from swing to swing. Day after day...," the note, titled "Call Me From Albemarle," began, in a reference to the 1996 Silver Jews song "Albemarle Station."
Berman died by suicide last Wednesday and the label acknowledged that that kind of loss often elicits a similar range of emotions. "Everybody says these things after a suicide – and this week, we know very specifically why they do. For instance: five minutes ago, we were in tears. Five minutes before that, hope. Before that, rage. And now, nothing," they wrote of the death of the acclaimed singer who released six full-length albums on the label from 1994 to 2008.