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Ezra Furman

The Boyfriends are dead, long live The Visions. Describing upcoming album, “Transangelic Exodus”, Ezra Furman has suggested it is, “not a concept record, but almost a novel, or a cluster of stories on a theme, a combination of fiction and a half-true memoir. A personal companion for a paranoid road trip. A queer outlaw saga”. We can’t be alone in thinking that’s the most exciting description of a record we’ve heard in many years. This narrative vision is matched in a different approach to recording and writing music, one that is accompanied by a change in backing band, or at least a re-christening of an old one.

Ahead of Tranangelic Exodus’ release in February, Ezra Furman has recently shared the video to his latest single, “Love You So Bad”. Propelled by an energetic string quartet, Love You So Bad is adventurous, inspired pop music; unique and intense, at once very Ezra Furman and entirely different to anything he’s previously produced. Lyrically, it’s a record of contrast and contradiction, surmised in the opening lines, “you know I love you so bad, I don’t believe in love”. Throughout the track, Ezra seems to question his place in the world, and how much of that was down to opportunity and fate; Ezra presents snapshots of a youth at, “the back of the classroom” in a “garbage, small town rat trap”. Perhaps the ultimate damnation of the injustice at heart of the track is presented in the off-hand way Ezra quips, “I always knew I was bad”. In a world where so many aren’t ever given the chance to make a life for themselves, Ezra Furman is singing for the downtrodden, persecuted and oppressed, and simultaneously stepping ever more confidently through his own personal journey; an artist always on the move and more vital than ever.

Transangelic Exodus is out February 9th via Bella Union. Click HERE for more information on Ezra Furman.

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Ezra Furman will return with new album ‘Transangelic Exodus’ on 9th February 2018.

Transangelic Exodus is a new landmark for the American singer-songwriter: “Not a concept record, but almost a novel, or a cluster of stories on a theme, a combination of fiction and a half-true memoir,” according to its author. “A personal companion for a paranoid road trip. A queer outlaw saga.”

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Furman, who’s queer and gender-fluid, speaks from experience. “What’s essential is the mood—paranoid, authoritarian, the way certain people are stigmatised. It’s a theme in American life right now, and other so-called democracies,” he continued. The inclusion of the word “trans” in the album’s title was similarly deliberate.

Furman also said he wanted to make the new record feel “more original,” a process that involved multiple demo versions and rearrangements. He’s renamed his backing band for the occasion: formerly known as the Harpoons and then as the Boy-Friends, they’re now called the Visions. Truthfully, none of this information is required to enjoy “Love You So Bad”—it’s just a good song by Ezra Furman.

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