Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Ezra Furman - "Point Me Toward the Real"

Photo by Buck Meek

Ezra Furman seems to encompass many genres. Throughout her career she's dabbled in art pop, rock, indie pop, indie folk, etc. On her latest single, "Point Me Toward the Real," Furman has a new sound: Neo soul. The song is a slow jam with Furman crooning in her own style. It stays pretty true to the soul template except for flourishes that can only be found in a song by Ezra Furman. We bring you a fair amount of neo soul here, but never quite like Furman does it. "Point Me Toward the Real" leans heavily on the pop side of things while still being not even close to mainstream. 

Ezra Furman says of the new song:

This is a neo-soul song about getting released from a psychiatric hospital, which has never happened to me. But really it’s a song about what you do right after abuse, imprisonment, a brush with death. Who do you call when it’s supposedly over? Where do you go? How do you know what you want? “We’ve all recently been going through something terrifying. We’ve all made friends with death in the last two years. When I look to the future, I want to know who has my back? Whose back do I have? And what is real, what and who can I rely on? Point me toward the real; there’s no other direction I want to go.”

You can watch the video for "Point Me Toward the Real" below. The song is available as a single via Bella Union and ANTI- Records, and can be found here. For more on Ezra Furman, check out the artist's website. Upcoming tour dates can be found below the video.

Sun. Mar. 6 - Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall (SOLD OUT)Mon. Mar. 7 - Rochester, NY @ The Bug JarTue. Mar. 8 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe (SOLD OUT)Wed. Mar. 9 - Indianapolis, IN @ State Street PubThu. Mar. 10 - Nashville, TN @ Third Man Records Blue RoomSat. Mar. 12 - Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5Mon. Mar. 14 - Fort Worth, TX @ TulipsMar. 15-19 - Austin, TX @ SXSWThu. May 19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom *Sat. May 21 - San Francisco, CA @ August Hall *Mon. May 23 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *Tue. May 24 - Vancouver, BC @ Hollywood Theatre *Wed. May 25 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *Thu. May 26 - Boise, ID @ Visual Arts Collective *Sat. May 28 - Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre *Mon. May 30 - Des Moines, IA @ Gas Lamp *Tue. May 31 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line *Wed. Jun. 1 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *Thu. Jun. 9 - Somerville, MA @ Crystal Ballroom (Ezra Solo)Thu. Jul. 21  - Valencia, ES @ Diversity Festival Sun. Jul. 24 - Hertfordshire, UK @ Standon Calling FestivalThu. Aug. 18 - Crickhowell, UK @ Green Man FestivalMon. Sep. 12 - Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rosa Tue. Sep. 13 - Toronto, ON @ Rec Room Wed. Sep. 14 - Detroit, MI @ The Loving TouchThu. Sep. 15 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Small'sSun. Sep. 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground ArtsMon. Sep. 19 - Providence, RI @ Fete BallroomTue. Sep. 20 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair Wed. Sep. 21 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall Thu. Sep. 22 - Dover, DE @ Firefly Festival * Support from Grace Cummings

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