Let’s talk about Ezra Furman for a minute. He’s an idiosyncratic, Chicago-grown, San Francisco-residing songwriter who creates collections of songs that, on the surface, don’t sound like they belong together. He’ll spray horns on a guitar-punk tune or drop brassy sounds on top of acoustic rhythms to achieve a kind of throwback (but not contrived) sound. Furman’s latest single, “Lousy Connection,” continues that by diving fully into unabashed doo-wop, with twinkly piano chords and bellowing sax notes coloring the edges. It’s a telling taste of his upcoming album, Perpetual Motion People, which Furman says was created by and for “people who can never truly settle.” What we’ve heard so far is good, and the fact that it is good raises a question: Are the ’50s the new ’80s? Will doo-wop and rockabilly cycle back into fashion in the later 2010s? While we wait to find out, Furman’s got us covered. Listen below.
Perpetual Motion People is out 7/10 on Bella Union.