Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Listen to "Teddy I'm Ready" - Ezra Furman

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Ezra Furman is one of the most interesting artists making music. He's been around for nearly a decade, yet somehow only broke out after 2015's Perpetual Motion People, which was chock full of his doo-wop and psych-infused rock. His raspy voice shifts between nonchalant and desperate to shriek out a strange story, making it tough to tune him out, while his colourful, gender-fluid aesthetic fits his DGAF attitude like a glove. The guy is a star.

A month and change ahead of his new EP Big Fugitive Life, which Furman describes as "a group of our favorite orphaned songs that have banded together to form a unit," he's dropped "Teddy I'm Ready," a dreamy ditty that sonically and lyrically announces he's ready to rock and roll. Starting a little 60s and ending more Springsteen, there are so many details that make this one an earworm - particularly the sax that starts honking midway through. Everything's better with sax.

Big Fugitive Live is out on August 19 via Bella Union.

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