Published Aug 30, 2019Animal Collective's Avey Tare and Geologist have released a cover song in tribute to the late David Berman. They've shared a rendition of Silver Jews' "Ballad of Reverend War Character."
The track originally appeared on Silver Jews' 1996 album The Natural Bridge, but Animal Collective's version was inspired by their sadness over Berman's death earlier this month.
In a statement about the song, they said:
A few weeks ago we planned on seeing Purple Mountains together. Instead we spent the night listening to David's records and talking about how much his music and art meant to us. He was an inspiration for decades. One we wouldn't be here without. We've been playing covers of his music since 1994 when we first picked up guitars together, so it felt like one of the few things we could do to get through the sadness. The next day we worked on this cover of "Ballad of Reverend War Character."
The track is available on a pay-what-you-can scale via Bandcamp, and all proceeds will be donated to MusiCares and Music Health Alliance, as per Berman's family's request.
Listen to "Ballad of Reverend War Character" below.