Ezra Furman has announced her new album, ‘All Of Us Flames’.
Set for release on 26th August via Bella Union, the news comes alongside a new track taken from it, ‘Forever In Sunset’.
Following up on the already revealed ‘Book Of Our Names’ and ‘Point me Toward The Real’, she explains: The biggest influence on the lyrics of this song is a conversation I had with a friend of mine. When Covid was first hitting, she was talking to me a lot about how ready she felt. She was like, ‘People who have been comfortable in life are freaking out right now. But queer people like me have been in crisis before. I grew up poor and my family kicked me out when I was a teenager. My world has already ended plenty of times before, and we queers know what to do: we take care of each other, we help each other out, we have a network of support for the crises we know will hit us from time to time.'”
“And then she lost her job and ended up moving in with me and my family for like three months. And she was right, we were okay and we were taking care of each other,” Furman continues. “That influenced a lot of what the whole record is about. But ‘Forever In Sunset’ is specifically a woman who’s been through some shit speaking to a new lover who is becoming attached to them, trying to warn the lover about how she is trouble, about how she has been through crises and they will come again. And that’s just how she lives, never settled, never safe, but also never defeated/finished – ‘Forever In Sunset.'”
“Sometimes it feels like crisis is hitting more and more of the general population. They think the world is ending. But people who have been through a personal apocalypse or two have something to teach them. The world doesn’t end, shit just happens and if we don’t die we have to take care of each other.”
On the album, she continues:
“This is a first person plural album. It’s a queer album for the stage of life when you start to understand that you are not a lone wolf, but depend on finding your family, your people, how you work as part of a larger whole. I wanted to make songs for use by threatened communities, and particularly the ones I belong to: trans people and Jews.”