Berner has shared a free stream of the album track ‘Dance and Celebrate’;
This is Berner’s first album in four years and on it, he seeks to reject the orthodox and ultra-Zionist conservative views of Jewish identity in favour of a more left-wing approach that’s more accessible and fun for everyone. It’s keeping in line with his involvement with the Klezmer Bund movement, something that is viewed as radical by more traditional Klezmer musicians.
In a statement, he said that the album is,“meant to be powerful cheering-up medicine that you don’t have to turn your brain off for.”
“We Are Going To Bremen To Be Musicians” is a reference to the old German folk tale about elderly farm animals threatened with death, who run away from their masters in the hope of achieving freedom and becoming Town Musicians. It’s an absurd tale of irrational hope and optimism in the face of horror, and that’s where the story connects with the songs on the album. “I would describe the record as a compendium of strategies against despair,” he continued.
The new album continues in the same vein as his Canadian Folk Music Award-winning effort Victory Party and it was produced by Josh Dolgin, aka Socalled, a fellow Jewish superstar.
“As with Victory Party, there really was nobody besides Josh who could have made this album with me,” Berner said. “His knowledge of both the recording studio and Jewish music is unmatchable.”
He’s developed a cult following thanks to playing a wide variety of bars, cafes and festivals through the years. Berner describes his audience as being, “odd, bookish people who like to drink. There’s a surprising number of physicists.”
01 Swing A Chicken 3 Times Over Your Head
02 Dance And Celebrate
03 When DD Gets Her Donkey Everything Will Be Alright
05 Es Brent
06 Ikh Krakh Tomid Arayn In Der Zelber Mashin
07 Thank You, No Thank You
08 When Chanukah Comes To Town
09 I Don’t Feel So Mad At God When I See You In Your Summer Dress
10 We Are On Our Way To Bremen
11 Slouching Towards Bremen