Ezra Furman shares “The Refugee”, a swaying ode to wanderers — listen

Furman dives into family history on new Big Fugitive Life EP


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    There’s something mesmerizing about Ezra Furman’s new song “Refugee”, and it’s not just the way the melody sways back and forth like a drunken waltz, or the meandering pathways Furman’s voice takes through the song’s unbroken verse. “Refugee” is so overstuffed with narrative that it can’t find room for a chorus, which feels appropriate given how it’s about people who wander the earth searching — and often failing to find — a home to call their own.

    “‘The Refugee’ [is] my first song entirely concerned with my Jewish background and present, a song dedicated to my grandfather who fled the Nazis as well as to all of the refugees desperate for a home today,” Furman explains. Though the song starts in a “frosty green Poland”, it ends up somewhere universal, the lyrics no longer restrained to just a single person’s story. “We dedicate this record to refugees of all kinds, all over the world,” says Furman. “May all the wanderers find the homes they seek, and and may those with power welcome them as fellow citizens of humanity.”

    Listen in to “The Refugee” below.


    “The Refugee” appears on Furman’s new six-track EP Big Fugitive Life, due out August 19th on Bella Union. Scroll down to check out the tracklist and cover art, along with Furman’s full upcoming tour itinerary.

    Big Fugitive Life EP Artwork:


    Big Fugitive Life Tracklist:
    01. Teddy I’m Ready
    02. Halley’s Comet
    03. Little Piece Of Trash
    04. Penetrate
    05. Splash Of Light
    06. The Refugee

    Ezra Furman 2016 Tour Dates
    08/17 – Hasselt, NL @ Pukkelpop
    08/19 – Devon, UK @ Beautiful Days
    08/21 – Crickhowell, UK @ Green Man Festival
    08/22 – Bath, UK @ Komedia
    08/24 – Preston, UK @ Continental Pub
    08/25 – Hebden Bridge, UK @ Trades Club
    08/26 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
    08/28 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
    08/31 – Berlin, DE @ Pop-Kultur Festival
    09/03 – Larmer Tree Gardens, UK @ End of the Road
    09/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl *
    10/27 – Manchester, UK @ Ritz
    10/29 – Edinburgh, UK @ Liquid Rooms
    10/30 – Cardiff, UK @ Tramshed
    10/31 – London, UK @ Roundhouse %
    11/02 – Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
    11/03 – Vienna, AT @ WuK
    11/06 – Milan, IT @ Magnolia

    * = w/ Bloc Party and Bob Mould
    %= w/ Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon