Ezra Furman shares live performance video for “Driving down To L.A.”
With his new album Transangelic Exodus due for release three weeks today (9th February) via Bella Union, Ezra Furman has today shared a live performance video of the track “Driving Down To L.A”. Filmed at SPACE in Evanston, Illinois, over the course of a day, Furman and his band The Visions performed three songs from the new album live for the first time, an exclusive for an attentive audience. The band had been building and creating a special stage design to set the world of Transangelic Exodus.
This week Furman also announced news of a number of intimate live shows in February around the album’s release, all of which have now sold out. Upcoming UK live info below:
Saturday 3rd February – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club **(SOLD–OUT!)**
Sunday 4th February – LIVERPOOL – Arts Club **(SOLD–OUT!)**
Tuesday 6th February – LONDON – The Lexington **(SOLD–OUT!)**
Wednesday 7th February – LONDON – The Lexington **(SOLD–OUT!)**
Thursday 8th February – LONDON – Rough Trade East (instore)
Saturday 10th February – FOLKESTONE – Quarterhouse **(SOLD–OUT!)**
Wednesday 23rd May – LONDON – O2 Brixton Academy
Thursday 24th May – BRISTOL – Colston Hall
Sunday 27th May – MANCHESTER – Albert Hall
Monday 28th May – GLASGOW – O2 ABC Glasgow
Tuesday 29th May – DUBLIN – Tivoli Theatre
Early acclaim for Transangelic Exodus:
“Both sonically and lyrically, it’s an album that is explicitly, thrillingly transgressive, and is already an early contender for one of the albums of the year.” Uncut – 8/10
“Furman’s music has been rethought, cut up, redrafted into something irresistibly modern. The songs are tremendous – melodic, unsettling and laugh–out–loud brilliant.” Q – 4 Stars ****
Transangelic Exodus is a new landmark for the American singer-songwriter: “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,” according to its author. “A personal companion for a paranoid road trip. A queer outlaw saga.”
The music is as much of an intense, dramatic event, full of brilliant hooks, with an equally evolved approach to recorded sound to match Furman’s narrative vision. In honour of this shift, his backing band has been newly christened: The Boy-Friends are dead, long live The Visions. In other words, the man who embodies the title of his last album ‘Perpetual Motion People’ is still on the move… Or, in the vernacular of the new album, on the run.
Transangelic Exodus will be released 9th February on Bella Union.