Ezra Furman has released Twelve Nudes, his follow-up to 2018’s Transangelic Exodus.
The new album is unapologetically garage rock, peppered with Furman’s gristling commentary on the current social and political climate. Over a staccato guitar riff, the track “Rated R Crusaders” sees Furman at his most intensely political: “Kill or be killed I’m having some trouble deciding / Traded my possessions for the car that I’m driving.”
Album highlight “Thermometer” is brief but impactful, and features an infectious guitar riff at the heart of the chorus. “I turn the TV on / I’m going out of my mind / The drugs are strong, and so the fever runs high,” Furman belts.
“One of my goals in making music is to make the world seem bigger, and life seem larger,” Furman said in a press release. “I want to be a force that tries to revive the human spirit rather than crush it, to open possibilities rather than close them down. Sometimes a passionate negativity is the best way to do that.”
Listen to Twelve Nudes here: