LA-born, Portland-based folk artistEddie Berman returns with Broken English, his new album of campfire-worthy, cosmic folk rock, where he explores themes surrounding the precarious state of a world sinking deeper into isolation, and its tumultuous effects on our relationship to work, family, technology, and spirituality (presciently written before the Covid pandemic). Berman had planned to record the album like his previous LPs at the LA studio of his long time collaborator Pierre De Reeder (Mavis Staples, M. Ward), but that went out the window with the global lockdown. So he learned how to make the album remotely with his bandmates, multi-instrumentalist Gabe Feenberg and drummer Max MacVeety. They each recorded from their respective home studios in early 2020 and sent the tracks to De Reeder, who mixed and shaped them into Berman’s latest powerful, moving, and at times haunting journey through these trying times. In 2014, Eddie made his debut with the EP Blood & Rust, featuring his duet of “Dancing in the Dark” with British folk icon Laura Marling. His profile grew on international tours and with the release of his first LP, 2014’s Polyhymnia, followed by 2017’s Before The Bridge and 2019’s Frontiers. These releases saw him reach new milestones, generating tens of millions of streams on coveted Spotify playlists like Your Favorite Coffeehouse, Acoustic Covers, and The Pulse of Americana, and spurring tours with Laura Marling, Tyler Childers, Passenger and Lee Ann Womack.