2016 was a busy year for Ezra, he spent the majority of it touring his breakout album Perpetual Motion People (released on Bella Union) across Europe, America and the UK, including appearances at BBC 6 Music Festival, End of The Road, Greenman, Reading and Leeds and SXSW, culminating in a sold out show in October at The Roundhouse in London. Perpetual Motion People, recorded with Furman’s band, The Boyfriends, delivers a cascade of memorably bristling hooks driven by a unique splicing of timeless influences, delivered with a restless urgency and combative spirit that shines through the American's vocals and lyrics. Perpetual Motion People was exceptionally well received across the board with The Guardian describing it as “the restless sound of a genuine one-off in a generic world”, whilst The Sunday Times called it “A work of rare honesty, beauty and exhilarating bravery.”
Following the release of the album, Ezra put out a 6 track EP entitled Big Fugitive Life, which Ezra dedicated to refugees of all kinds, all over the world, saying “May all the wanderers find the homes they seek, and and may those with power welcome them as fellow citizens of humanity” A message more vital now then ever.
Described by Q as a ‘vital force’ , Ezra is currently writing and recording his next album and having taken his time to work his way into the public consciousness, Furman's time is unquestionably now, as he finally faces an expectant audience hungry for the next stage of his thrilling approach, on record and on stage.
Ezra himself states that, ‘This feels like an end of a chapter for me, musically. A beautiful, insane chapter. Keep an ear out for our next phase - we've been dreaming big.”