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Ezra Furman announces new album, Twelve Nudes, shares lead single, “Calm Down”: Stream

Plus, a full tour and accompanying music video

Ezra Furman, photo by Jessica Lehrman Twelve Nudes Calm Down aka I Should Not Be Alone Stream Music Video
Ezra Furman, photo by Jessica Lehrman
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    Ezra Furman has announced a new album, Twelve Nudes. Serving as the follow-up to last year’s Transangelic Exodus, the 11-track effort is due out August 30th Via Bella Union.

    Described in a press release as Furman’s “‘spiritually queer’ punk record,” Twelve Nudes was recorded in Oakland during the fall of 2018. With Jay Reatard and philosopher Anne Carson as his spiritual guides, Furman sought to confront his pent-up rage at the misbalanced state of culture and politics.

    To that end, he’s offered “Calm Down” (aka “I Should Not Be Alone”) as the lead single. Accompanied by a vibrant, frantic animated video directed by Beth Jeans Houghton, the track is a furious plea for internal mollification in the face of external madness. Said Furman of the song in a press release,

    “Desperate times make for desperate songs. I wrote this in the summer of 2018, a terrible time. It’s the sound of me struggling to admit that I’m not okay with the current state of human civilization, in which bad men crush us into submission. Once you admit how bad it feels to live in a broken society, you can start to resist it, and imagine a better one.”

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    Take a listen via the clip below.

    Pre-orders for Twelve Nudes are now live. The tracklist and album art are below, followed by Furman’s newly announced North American tour dates. Check for tickets here.

    Twelve Nudes Artwork:

    Ezra furman twelve nudes album cover artworkTwelve Nudes Tracklist:
    01. Calm Down aka I Should Not Be Alone
    02. Evening Prayer aka Justice
    03. Transition From Nowhere to Nowhere
    04. Rated R Crusaders
    05. Trauma
    06. Thermometer
    07. I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend
    08. Blown
    09. My Teeth Hurt
    10. In America
    11. What Can You Do But Rock n Roll

    Ezra Furman 2019 Tour Dates:
    05/28 – Hay on Wye, UK @ Hay Festival
    05/29 – Norwich, UK @ Waterfront
    05/30 – Sheffield, UK @ Foundry
    06/02 – London, UK @ All Points East Festival
    07/21 – Benicassim, ES @ Benicassim Festival
    07/23 – Cork, IE @ Cyprus Avenue
    07/24 – Dublin, IE @ Button Factory
    07/25 – Galway, IE @ Galway Festival
    07/28 – Topcliffe, UK @ Deer Shed Festival
    09/05 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
    09/07 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
    09/08 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
    09/09 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
    09/10 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz P.D.B.
    09/11 – Cambridge, MA @ Sonia
    09/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
    09/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
    09/16 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage

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