Queer Chicago-born musician Ezra Furman has announced their next studio album, Transangelic Exodus, out February 9 via Bella Union.
The LP, described by Furman, is "not a concept record, but almost a novel, or a cluster of stories on a theme, a combination of fiction and a half-true memoir. A personal companion for a paranoid road trip. A queer outlaw saga."
With news of next year's Transangelic Exodus, Furman released today its lead single, "Love You So Bad," and revealed that a U.S. tour will commence this winter. Above bright strings and driving drums, the musician ditches gritty, garage-punk for a more polished pop sound.
Furman's album has an ambitious narrative thread: "I'm in love with an angel, and a government is after us, and we have to leave home because angels are illegal, as is harbouring angels. The term 'transangelic' refers to the fact people become angels because they grow wings. They have an operation, and they're transformed. And it causes panic because some people think it's contagious, or it should just be outlawed."
Listen to "Love You So Bad," below, and pre-order the album here.