New Release Premiere: Eddie Berman – Frontiers / The Match

Photo Credit: Catie Laffoon

Today, Portland, OR-based singer/songwriter Eddie Berman has announced that he will release his new album Frontiers on September 20th. He also shares the album’s opening track, “The Match,” which we are delighted to premiere today

The new single blends bending fingerpicking and boisterous horns with a meditative beat soaked in droning harmonium

Eddie states about the track: “’The Match’ is like the thesis of the album. It’s about contradictions. It’s about how solitude makes you feel both isolated from the world and (if you’re attentive to that solitude) it also makes you feel connected to everything”

Take a listen below…

With Frontiers, Berman surveys himself and the world around him over the course of 11 heartfelt vignettes rooted in his signature fingerpicking style, accompanied by ethereal lap steel, bellowing double bass, and orchestral percussion. The album, in all its warm yet vibrant production, is inspired by nature, literature, and, of course, the joys and struggles of Berman’s own life

Originally from Southern California, Berman relocated his family to Portland, OR last year. As he settled into life in his new city, he began making a daily pilgrimage to nearby Forest Park, one of the largest urban forests in the US. He made it a ritual to go on a six mile hike each morning, during which he immersed himself in the books and lectures of great philosophers like O’ Donohue, Rainer Maria Rilke, Thich Nhat Hanh. “I’d hike the immensely beautiful three miles to the top of the trail listening to these incredible thinkers, and then hike back down in silence, unpacking what I’d heard. The constant through lines of these works started seeping into me: the deep solace of nature, the necessity of solitude, and the importance of always trying to see yourself on the threshold to new frontiers. Those notions continue to inform my life and they certainly informed this album, both lyrically and musically”

In 2014, Eddie made his debut with the EP Blood & Rust, featuring his duet of “Dancing in the Dark” with folk icon Laura Marling. In the aftermath, Berman’s profile grew on international tours and with the release of his first LP Polyhymnia. He signed to Nettwerk in 2017 and released his sophomore album Before The Bridge, which saw him reach new milestones and spurring tours with Laura Marling, Tyler Childers, Passenger, Lee Ann Womack, and William Fitzsimmons

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