105927Bella Union – August 19th

Since opening up about their gender identity and related issues on last year’s Perpetual Motion People, Ezra Furman’s been on a deserved whirlwind. This year brings with it a conclusive EP, showing a more subdued, but just as emotive, side to their traditionally aggressive lyricism and musicianship. Furman’s records are often windows into their soul, exploring the depths of their emotional and religious path. They touch upon their Jewish identity in ‘The Refugee’, telling of how their grandfather left Nazi Germany for The States. This more positive self-reflective nature can be attributed in part to Furman commenting that they’re finally closing a chapter; one filled with uncertainty and depression. The catharsis comes to an end with opener ‘Teddy I’m Ready’ when they shout “I’m ready to rock and roll”.

Buy: Ezra Furman – Big Fugitive Life

Live: Roundhouse – October 31st