Ezra Furman

Ezra Furman’s Perpetual Motion People was released 6th July 2015 via Bella Union.

Perpetual Motion People is a chapter in a musical career that redefines slow-burning. Day Of The Dog was already the American’s fifth album; looking back, it seems extraordinary that these early records passed relatively under the radar, given Furman’s inspirational blend of seminal influences, from Fifties skiffle and doo-wop to Sixties garage and the righteous mix of urchin charm, winning melody and caustic humour of Jonathan Richman and The Violent Femmes. But Furman is a true original, equally tapping the godheads of power pop and country blues, with honking saxophone as much a lead instrument as guitar.

Summer 2015 saw the release of Furman’s most fully realised and streamlined record, chock-full of snarling, zestful tunes and invested with the feeling that, this time, people are paying attention. “One of the main things my music is about is feeling totally insane!” Furman concludes. “I feel desperate a lot – desperate to try to explain something, I’m not sure what it is. You can hear it in a lot our songs; that I’m trying to shake people by the shoulders and explain something. And when you feel like that, here’s some music to put on!

Critical acclaim for Perpetual Motion People:

Perpetual Motion People is the restless sound of a genuine one-off in a generic world.”

The Guardian – 4 Stars **** (Album Of The Week)

“A work of rare honesty, beauty and exhilarating bravery.”

Sunday Times (Album Of The Week)

“Crucially, Furman’s dislocation doesn’t come out as unlistenable angst. It comes out as tunes… That’s 13 songs, with 13 nagging hooks and 13 singalong choruses; no mean feat in any genre, let alone a few.”

The Observer 4 Stars **** (Album Of The Week)

“These smart, spirited songs confirm him as the brightest and most interesting star to have appeared in alt-pop for some time.”

Metro – 4 Stars **** (Album of the Week)

“Furman’s collage approach and his Jonathan Richman-styled variations are charming, filled with both life and with tunes… This latter day song-and-dance man is a vital force.”

Q – 4 Stars ****

“A yowling, nervy, sickeningly eloquent blend of Jonathan Richman, Woody Allen and Armistead Maupin, Furman delivers high-speed drama full of bristling riffs and frazzled joie de vivre.”

MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“His devilish smartness as a lyricist speaks loud and clear… Furman’s bug-eyed passion for old-world rock’n’roll has invited comparisons to Jonathan Richman, but his sax-heavy album blows its own horn, walking very much on the Lou Reed wild side of Bruce Springsteen.”

Uncut – 8/10

“The pied piper of restless outcasts everywhere… Perpetual Motion People is a constantly surprising and relentlessly melodic pleasure.”

NME – 8/10

“A heady concoction of exuberant, manic self-doubt, delivered with an economy a less-bluesy White Stripes would appreciate… Marvellous.”

Evening Standard – 4 Stars ****

“Furman’s music rolls up the glam-camp of Lou Reed, the quirky charm of Jonathan Richman and the swagger of The Clash. Perpetual Motion People album fizzes with riotous rockers, bouncy Fifties throwbacks, affecting ballads and streetwise guitar pop.”

Mail On Sunday – 4 Stars ****

“Perpetual Motion People’s intensely personal, observant, adventurous and hook-filled songs are power-packed pleasuredomes.”

The Mirror – 4 Stars ****

Perpetual Motion People begins in effervescent power pop style with ‘Restless Year’, moves into the Fifties doo-wop meets Seventies Elton John of ‘Lousy Connection’ and flows seamlessly into the sunny indie-pop tune ‘Hark! To The Music.”

The Times – 4 Stars ****

“Nothing short of revelatory. Scored through with eccentricity and an unrelentingly diffuse range of influences, its easily his best full-length to date.”

Loud & Quiet – 8/10

“There’s a ramshackle magical confidence that tumbles throughout all the songs, a sense that Furman has created his own unique, captivating world. If there’s any justice, this could be the moment Furman becomes a star.”

DIY – 4 Stars ****

“Like listening to The Velvet Underground on speed. Cracking stuff.”