In tribute to the memory of singer/songwriter David Berman Swedish roots duo First Aid Kit has released two songs; the original â€œStrange Beautyâ€ and their rendition of Berman’s band Silver Jewsâ€™ â€œRandom Rules.â€
In speaking about David Berman and their homage to his life and legacy, Klara SÃ¶derberg says: “I think a lot of people were as shocked as I was upon hearing the news of David Bermanâ€™s passing. It didnâ€™t seem real. It left me completely devastated. So I wrote the song â€˜Strange Beautyâ€™ to try to make sense of my feelings.â€ She continues, â€œâ€˜Random Rulesâ€™ is a long time Berman favorite of ours and a song we always thought we would record if we ever made a cover album. It holds some of the greatest lyrics ever penned and shows the genius of David Berman. We hope the songs can be some kind of comfort.â€
After struggling for years with addiction Berman died by suicide on August 7, 2019, in Brooklyn, New York.
Hear the solemn and sparse â€œStrange Beautyâ€ and their rendition of â€œRandom Rulesâ€ swell as Silver Jewsâ€™ below.