As Ezra Furman returns to the UK in 2018 with Liverpool as a destination, Getintothis’ Howard Doupé brings the details.
Furman has also unveiled the second single from the LP, Love You So Bad which gives more of a peak into what’s to come. In amongst the Furman‘s international tours dates, so far only three UK dates have been announced, the second of which will be Liverpool’s Arts Club on Sunday, February 4, 2018.
Transangelic Exodus is a new landmark for the American singer-songwriter. According to its author, the album 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.”
The music is as much of an intense, dramatic event, full of brilliant hooks, with an equally evolved approach to recorded sound to match Furman’s narrative vision. In other words, the man who embodies the title of his last album Perpetual Motion People is still on the move, or, in the vernacular of the new album, on the run.
“The narrative thread,” Furman declares, “is I’m in love with an angel, and a government is after us, and we have to leave home because angels are illegal, as is harbouring angels. The term ‘transangelic’ refers to the fact people become angels because they grow wings. They have an operation, and they’re transformed. And it causes panic because some people think it’s contagious, or it should just be outlawed.”
Speaking of the new album, Furman states: “My previous records were original in their own way, but got classified as an off-kilter version of a retro band, and I wanted something that sounded more original.”
The full details of the 2018 tour are to be announced soon. For now, here’s the UK shows:
February 03 – Birmingham, Brudenell Social Club
February 04 – Liverpool, Arts Club
February 10 – Folkestone, Quarterhouse