Ezra Furman has shared his latest single ‘Maraschino-Red Dress $8.99 at Goodwill’ just days before releasing his new album ‘Transangelic Exodus’.
The LP, out on 9 February, will be supported by several UK dates in May, including O2 Brixton Academy on 23 May.
The jagged song addresses Furman’s own experiences coming out as queer and gender fluid, which the singer-songwriter describes as “the painful experience of being a closeted gender-non-conforming person”.
He adds: “From a young age, because of issues surrounding gender and sexuality, I felt fated to have an outsider perspective. It radicalises you.”
That outsider perspective flows through the follow-up to 2015’s ‘Perpetual Motion People’.
“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,” he explains. “A personal companion for a paranoid road trip. A queer outlaw saga.”
To tell that saga, Furman’s reshaped his sound with the help of his newly renamed backing band, The Visions: Tim Sandusky (saxophone), Jorgen Jorgensen (bass, cello), Ben Joseph (keyboards, guitar), and Sam Durkes(drums).
“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,” Furman says.
“So we took time off touring, and made sure we took time with every song. I demoed with different band members, and then combined different demos – some parts even made the final album. So, the sound is more chopped up, edited, affected, rearranged.”
Furman and The Visions bring that sound, and highlights from his back catalogue, to the UK in May.