Ezra Furman has shared a new track, ‘Lilac and Black’.
It’s the latest taster of her upcoming album ‘All Of Us Flames’, set to arrive on 26th August viaBella Union.
“I’ve started to think of us trans women as a kind of secret gang, scattered across the world,” Furman explains. “Or that we could be that. So I wrote this theme song for us, and gave us some gang colors: lilac and black. Unfortunately, being trans usually comes with some kind of threat to one’s well-being or even one’s life. The hostility toward us right now is intense and the stakes are high.”
“This song is an expression of deep solidarity and willingness to defend our lives,” she continues. “Being an inherently peaceful person, I hate to imagine it, but there are times that violent self-defense, or defense of others, is the moral and necessary path. This song is about being ready for that. It’s also about how being trans so often feels like a war we never asked for. On top of the seemingly endless social stigma and barriers to our general thriving, various governments have now set in motion a concerted movement to virtually outlaw healthy trans existence. Let it be known: we demand safety, resources and dignity, and we are ready to fight for our lives and the lives of others.”
‘All Of Us Flames’ follows up on 2019’s ‘Twelve Nudes’.