Ezra Furman shares lyric video for new song “Book of Our Names”

Ezra Furman shares lyric video for new song “Book of Our Names”

New single out now on ANTI-/Bella Union; The tour starts next month

April 04, 2022

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Ezra Furman has shared a new song, “Book of Our Names,” via lyric video. This is her second single since signing to ANTI-. The song is also released by British label Bella Union. Listen below, followed by Furman’s upcoming tour dates, which begin next month.

Furman had this to say about the song in a press release: “This song is about what it’s like to live together under an empire that doesn’t value your lives. I sing it as a Jew and as a trans woman, knowing well the stakes and the consequences of being part of a hated population. But it’s a protest song meant to be used by any survival and collective freedom movement. I noticed that the book of the Bible called Exodus in English, the one where the Hebrews escape from slavery in Egypt, is called the Book of Names in Hebrew. And I began to think that speaking names out loud, seeing individuals in their irreplaceable uniqueness, holds the seed of true liberation.

“Book of Our Names” follows “Point Me Toward the Real,” a new song Furman shared in early March that was his first single for ANTI-. “Point Me Toward the Real” was about someone coming out of a psychiatric hospital who made No. 1 on our Song of the Week list.

John Congleton (Angel Olsen, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten) produced, engineered and recorded the new song, as did “Point Me Towards the Real”.

Furman’s last full album was 2019 twelve nudes. In 2021 surprise Furman released a new EP which features songs she wrote for season 3 of the Netflix show Sex education. It was well titled Sex Education – Season 3 Songs and featured three new songs, as well as two previously released songs with his former band Ezra Furman & The Harpoons in 2011. Furman did the music for all three seasons. In 2020, Furman shared the official soundtrack for seasons 1 and 2 of Sex educationas well as a video for the song “Every Feeling”.

Check out our 2020 interview with Furman in episode two of the first season of our official podcast.

Read our 2018 interview with Furman.

Ezra Furman Tour Dates:

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 Theater *
Marry. May 25 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom*
Thu May 26 – Boise, ID @ Visual Arts Collective*
Sat. May 28 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater*
Mon May 30 – Des Moines, IA @ Gas Lamp*
Tue. May 31 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line*
Marry. June 1 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall*
Thu, June 9 – Somerville, MA @ Crystal Ballroom (Ezra Solo)
Thu July 21 – Valencia, ES @ Diversity Festival
Sun. July 24 – Hertfordshire, UK @ Standon Calling Festival
Sun. August 14 – Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom ^
Tu es. August 16 – Milwaukee, WI @ UWM Panther Arena^
Marry. August 17 – Indianapolis, IN @ TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park ^
Sun. August 21 – Crickhowell, UK @ Green Man Festival
Tu es. August 23 – Edinburgh, UK @ Edinburgh International Festival
Mon. September 12 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rosa
Tue, Sept. 13 – Toronto, ON @ Rec Room
Marry. September 14 – Detroit, MI @ The Loving Touch
Thu, Sept. 15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Small’s
Sun. September 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Mon. Sept. 19 – Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom
Tue., September 20 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
Marry. September 21 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Thu, September 22 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Festival

* with Grace Cummings
^ with Jack White

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