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Transangelic Exodus
Ezra Furman
Bella Union
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Release Date
February 9, 2018

Transangelic Exodus Ezra Furman’s second album for Bella Union, 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.” 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 honour of this shift, his backing band has been newly christened: The Boy-Friends are dead, long live The Visions. 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. His musical DNA remains intact – a thrilling, literate form of garage-punk rooted in The Velvet Underground, Jonathan Richman and ‘50s rock’n’roll. Standout tracks include the album’s lead single Driving Down To LA, a sparse, but explosive, mix of doo-wop and digital crunch. Another is the haunting Compulsive Liar. Transangelic Exodus addresses another kind of coming out, as Furman addresses his Jewish faith on record much more openly than before, from the shivery ballad God Lifts Up the Lowly (which includes a verse in Hebrew) to the exquisite Psalm 151 and the line “I believe in God but I don't believe we're getting out of this one” in Come Here Get Away From Me, a heady blend of rock’n’roll rumble and ghostly clarinet. Crossing between love, gender, sexuality and religion, and singing in solidarity with the innocent, persecuted, oppressed and threatened, Ezra Furman has soundtracked the current fear and loathing across America like no other, while pushing ahead with his own agenda, always on the move.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Suck the Blood from My Wound 4:49 Buy

    Suck the Blood from My Wound

  2. 2 Driving Down to L.A 3:18 Buy

    Driving Down to L.A

  3. 3 God Lifts Up the Lowly 3:49 Buy

    God Lifts Up the Lowly

  4. 4 No Place 3:37 Buy

    No Place

  5. 5 The Great Unknown 2:47 Buy

    The Great Unknown

  6. 6 Compulsive Liar 2:45 Buy

    Compulsive Liar

  7. 7 Maraschino-Red Dress $8.99 at Goodwill 2:30 Buy

    Maraschino-Red Dress $8.99 at Goodwill

  8. 8 From a Beach House 2:34 Buy

    From a Beach House

  9. 9 Love You So Bad 3:39 Buy

    Love You So Bad

  10. 10 Come Here Get Away From Me 3:55 Buy

    Come Here Get Away From Me

  11. 11 Peel My Orange Every Morning 1:41 Buy

    Peel My Orange Every Morning

  12. 12 Psalm 151 3:40 Buy

    Psalm 151

  13. 13 I Lost My Innocence 3:21 Buy

    I Lost My Innocence

Ezra Furman

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