Ezra Furman Debuts “Book Of Our Names”
Ezra Furman releases a new single, “Book Of Our Names”, out today on Bella Union / ANTI-. This song follows last month’s single, “Point Me Toward The Real”, Furman’s first solo release since 2019’s Twelve Nudes and her stint soundtracking Netflix’s hit show Sex Education. “Book Of Our Names” is sparse but deeply emotive, with Furman’s voice guiding through the pulsing guitars.
“This song is about what it feels like to live together under an empire that doesn’t value your lives,” Furman says. “I sing it as a Jew and as a trans woman, knowing well the stakes and consequences of being part of a hated population. But it is a protest song intended for use by any movement for collective survival and freedom. I noticed that the book of the Bible called Exodus in English, the one where the Hebrews escape slavery in Egypt, is called the Book of Names in Hebrew. And I started to think that the act of saying names out loud, of seeing individuals in their full irreplaceable uniqueness, holds the seed of true liberation.”
Praise for “Point Me Toward The Real”:
“The punk laureate slows it down with this neo-soul search for inner freedom” The i Paper
“In her first solo release since coming out as transgender in 2021, indie folk star Ezra Furman is ready to get away from all of the bulls–t.” Billboard
Next month, Furman and her band – Ben Joseph (keyboards), Jordan Jordensen (bass), Sam Durkes (drums) – will embark on a North American and European tour, including UK festival appearances at Standon Calling, Green Manand the Edinburgh International Festival. Furman will also play three US shows in August as special guest to Jack White.
Tickets available HERE.