MJR and Fizzi presentation by Arrangement with CODA Agency
Ezra Furman and The Boy Friends
with support TBA
Ahead of his UK/European tour which kicks off this weekend at the BBC 6 Music Festival, EZRA FURMAN announces a new London headline show at the Roundhouse in October, plus dates in Manchester, Edinburgh, and Cardiff.
Furman has also shared a stop-motion animation lyric video for upcoming single, ‘Ordinary Life’ released on 12th February.
Furman has said that ‘Ordinary Life’ “is a concept I’ve been trying to get out for a long time.” He cites transgender American author, playwright, performance artist and gender theorist Kate Bornstein: “She’s struggled a lot with depression and suicidal thoughts, she said, “Do anything you have to do to make your life worth living, break the law, run away from home, destroy your possessions; just don’t be mean to people”. I meet a lot of fans in need, and in pain. I feel desperate a lot too – desperate to shake people by the shoulders and try to explain something, I’m just not sure what.” Watch it below..
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Perpetual Motion People, delivers a cascade of memorably bristling hooks driven by a unique splicing of timeless influences, delivered with a restless urgency and combative spirit that shines through the American’s vocals and lyrics. Having taken his time to work his way into the public consciousness, Furman’s time is unquestionably now, as he finally faces an expectant audience hungry for the next stage of his thrilling approach, on record and on stage.
The album was recorded with Furman’s current band The Boyfriends – comprising Jorgen Jorgensen (bass), Ben Joseph (keyboards, guitar), Sam Durkes (drums) and saxophonist Tim Sandusky – and recorded at Sandusky’s studio Ballistico in Furman’s home city of Chicago (he’s currently based in San Francisco). Sandusky also recorded Furman’s last two albums, The Year of No Returning and Day Of The Dog. “Tim completely understands what is, or could be, good about my songs, and how to make a record,” says Furman. “Each album we make together, we’re really getting somewhere.”
“Perpetual Motion People is the restless sound of a genuine one-off in a generic world.”
The Guardian – 4 Stars **** (Album Of The Week / #25 in Albums of the Year 2015)
“A work of rare honesty, beauty and exhilarating bravery.”
Sunday Times (Album Of The Week / #13 in Albums of the Year 2015)
“Crucially, Furman’s dislocation doesn’t come out as unlistenable angst. It comes out as tunes… That’s 13 songs, with 13 nagging hooks and 13 singalong choruses; no mean feat in any genre, let alone a few.”
The Observer 4 Stars **** (Album Of The Week)
“Furman’s collage approach and his Jonathan Richman-styled variations are charming, filled with both life and with tunes… This latter day song-and-dance man is a vital force.”
Q – 4 Stars **** (#30 in Albums of the Year 2015)
“A yowling, nervy, sickeningly eloquent blend of Jonathan Richman, Woody Allen and Armistead Maupin, Furman delivers high-speed drama full of bristling riffs and frazzled joie de vivre.”
MOJO – 4 Stars **** (#31 in Albums of the Year 2015)
“His devilish smartness as a lyricist speaks loud and clear… Furman’s bug-eyed passion for old-world rock’n’roll has invited comparisons to Jonathan Richman, but his sax-heavy album blows its own horn, walking very much on the Lou Reed wild side of Bruce Springsteen.”
Uncut – 8/10 (#43 in Albums of the Year 2015)
“The pied piper of restless outcasts everywhere… Perpetual Motion People is a constantly surprising and relentlessly melodic pleasure.”
NME – 8/10
“Nothing short of revelatory. Scored through with eccentricity and an unrelentingly diffuse range of influences, its easily his best full-length to date.”
Loud & Quiet – 8/10 (#24 in Albums of the Year 2015)
“Like listening to The Velvet Underground on speed. Cracking stuff.”
“There’s a ramshackle magical confidence that tumbles throughout all the songs, a sense that Furman has created his own unique, captivating world. If there’s any justice, this could be the moment Furman becomes a star.”
DIY – 4 Stars ****
“Furman recasts his personal woes into forty minutes of endlessly fascinating creativity by throwing sixty years of popular music into a blender.”
The Line of Best Fit – 9/10 (In Top 50 Albums of 2015)
“A playful, hefty romp through folk, blues, and plain old rock’n’roll.”
“He is self-deprecating, but his witty humour allows a glimmer of optimism. An enlightening journey through the mind of an outsider, but an entirely relatable one.”
Clash – 9/10
“another truly masterful album, executed with exquisite ease”
Louder Than War – 9/10
#4 in Rough Trade’s Albums of the Year
#1 Album of the Year in Gigwise, God Is In The TV, Across The Arts