Ezra Furman Returns With “Point Me Toward The Real”

Today, Ezra Furman returns with a new single, “Point Me Toward the Real”, and announces an extensive run of North American tour dates as well as UK festival appearances at Standon Calling and Green Man in July and August. “Point Me Toward the Real”, out today via Bella Union (and ANTI- in North America), marks Furman’s first solo release since 2019’s Twelve Nudes, and follows her stint soundtracking the hit Netflix show Sex Education. A tender and urgent ballad, “Point Me Toward the Real” reiterates Furman’s knack for crafting heartfelt earworms. “Cut me loose, cut me loose,” Furman cries atop dreamy horn arrangements by Nathaniel Walcott (Bright Eyes), “Let me get hurt // Let me feel // Cut my bound hands free and point me toward the real.” Featuring backing vocals from Shannon Lay and Debbie Neigher, “Point Me Toward the Real” was produced, engineered, and recorded by John Congleton (Angel Olsen, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten). 

Of the track, Furman explains: “This is a neo-soul song about getting released from a psychiatric hospital, which has never happened to me. But really it’s a song about what you do right after abuse, imprisonment, a brush with death. Who do you call when it’s supposedly over? Where do you go? How do you know what you want?

“We’ve all recently been going through something terrifying. We’ve all made friends with death in the last two years. When I look to the future, I want to know who has my back? Whose back do I have? And what is real, what and who can I rely on? Point me toward the real; there’s no other direction I want to go.” 

This Sunday, Furman and her band – consisting of Ben Joseph (keyboards), Jordan Jordensen (bass), and Sam Durkes (drums) – will kick off their spring US tour at Northampton’s Iron Horse Music Hall. From there, they’ll make stops in Austin, Texas for SXSW, plus Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and more. A full list of dates is below.

Ezra Furman Tour Dates:

Sun. Mar. 6 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall (SOLD OUT)

Mon. Mar. 7 – Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar

Tue. Mar. 8 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe (SOLD OUT)

Wed. Mar. 9 – Indianapolis, IN @ State Street Pub

Thu. Mar. 10 – Nashville, TN @ Third Man Records Blue Room

Sat. Mar. 12 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5

Mon. Mar. 14 – Fort Worth, TX @ Tulips

Mar. 15-19 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

Thu. May 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom *

Sat. May 21 – San Francisco, CA @ August Hall *

Mon. May 23 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *

Tue. May 24 – Vancouver, BC @ Hollywood Theatre *

Wed. May 25 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *

Thu. May 26 – Boise, ID @ Visual Arts Collective *

Sat. May 28 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre *

Mon. May 30 – Des Moines, IA @ Gas Lamp *

Tue. May 31 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line *

Wed. Jun. 1 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *

Thu. Jun. 9 – Somerville, MA @ Crystal Ballroom (Ezra Solo)

Thu. Jul. 21  – Valencia, ES @ Diversity Festival 

Sun. Jul. 24 – Hertfordshire, UK @ Standon Calling Festival

Thu. Aug. 18 – Crickhowell, UK @ Green Man Festival

Mon. Sep. 12 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rosa 

Tue. Sep. 13 – Toronto, ON @ Rec Room 

Wed. Sep. 14 – Detroit, MI @ The Loving Touch

Thu. Sep. 15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Small’s

Sun. Sep. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

Mon. Sep. 19 – Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom

Tue. Sep. 20 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair 

Wed. Sep. 21 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall 

Thu. Sep. 22 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Festival

* Support from Grace Cummings