The title of Berman’s new album, Before the Bridge
(out now via Nettwerk Records), refers to the period of time in his life between getting married and the birth of his first child. It was that span, spent mulling the decision (and consequences) of creating a life, that also inspired this crowning musical work. The album was written and recorded during that one-year interim, as Berman was coming down from the crest of his lauded 2014 self-released debut LP, Polyhymnia
. The songs on Before the Bridge
draw, more than ever before, from Berman’s own life experiences, resulting in a rich, evocative, and moving collection.