Boomkat Product Review:
Drag City continue their mission to make their classic EPs obtainable again with this Silver Jews gem from back in 2001. The lead track is from the Jews classic ‘Bright Flight’ album (which features Mike Fellows on bass and production duties, Vertical Form fans!) but the reason this 4 tracker is so essential is the 3 additional tunes that are totally exclusive to this release, and many Silver Jews fans regard them as the best in David Berman’s career. This was the era where the Jews stopped being seen as merely a Pavement sideproject (Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich were once members) and were rightly accepted as Berman’s outlet for darkly humourous and comically depressed lo-fi indie. Yeah so it’s similar to Pavement and they are certainly coming from the same page of the indie textbook, but listen to ‘Long Long Gone’ and you’ll see why Silver Jews rightfully have a place all their own.