EZRA FURMAN & THE HARPOONS’ MYSTERIOUS POWER
SET FOR APRIL 5th RELEASE ON RED PARLOR RECORDS
BAND WILL LAUNCH U.S. HEADLINING TOUR
AFTER APPEARANCES AT SXSW
On April 5th, Ezra Furman & The Harpoons will release their third studio album, Mysterious Power. Produced by Doug Boehm (French Kicks, Starsailor), the album is their first for Red Parlor Records, which is distributed in the U.S. by ADA, a part of the Warner Music Group. Ezra Furman & The Harpoons will play shows at SXSW and embark on a U.S. tour thereafter. Dates will be announced shortly.
On Mysterious Power, Furman employs the same open-chest honesty that drew ire for Ginsberg’s Howl and spawned speculation of Cohen’s Chelsea Hotel as he pines for his “Wild Rosemarie” in the opening track and recounts bouts of transience he experienced while making the album. The Harpoons – Job Mukkada (bass), Adam Abrutyn (drums) and Andrew Langer (guitar) – deftly toy with dynamics, soldering rockabilly rhythm and love-struck doo-wop sensibility with punk rock ferocity and providing Furman’s fervent lyrical talk with a powerful dose of musical walk.
In this era of rampant cynicism, Furman dares to believe, despite the doubts he agonizes over. A storyteller who adroitly renders both external and internal landscapes, he walks us through the minefields of “I Killed Myself But I Didn’t Die” and “Hard Time in a Terrible Land” only to emerge with hope in a “Mysterious Power.” The title track and lead single masterfully evokes how in a moment, the mundane can give way to the mystic, what psychologist Abraham Maslow termed “the peak experience.”
God I am nothing but a boy in my room
But when I stand at the windowsill I look at the moon
And I know something is rising to another dimension
Going out of my mind and way across the Midwestern
Expanses, it dances out under the stars
It’s a prayer and it’s there when I’m riding in cars
Or when I’m listening to music, when I’m watching TV…
In this night’s last hour
I’m feeling that mysterious power
The band doesn’t limit itself to any one genre; instead, Ezra Furman & The Harpoons’ sole criteria for making music is that it must feel personal. To that end, they not only name each tour, but each individual gig and, with the online-only release of Moon Face: Bootlegs & Road Recordings 2006-2009, Furman endeavored to include a personalized song for each fan who ordered the EP. (He made it up to 129 songs and offered the rest free show tickets or refunds.)
Ezra Furman & The Harpoons made their debut with 2007’s Banging Down the Doors, prompting NPR’s “All Songs Considered” to note: “Furman is a great young voice emitting sarcastic and clever Midwestern angst with a lot of intelligence and a lot of heart.” The amped up Inside the Human Body followed in 2008 and, like its predecessor, landed on numerous critics’ top albums of the year lists.
“On his second album of jittery, willfully naive folk-punk, Furman plays the alienated romantic geek, employing a wobbly sense of pitch to better effect than anyone since the early Violent Femmes,” said Paste Magazine while the Chicago Tribune likened the record to “a rickety ride on one of those old wooden roller-coasters; you’re not entirely sure the journey will end safely. Music’s a life-and-death struggle to make sense of the world…” The video for the record’s lead single, “Take Off Your Sunglasses,” became an MTV2 Under-The-Radar hit.
Between albums, Ezra Furman & The Harpoons toured non-stop, performing with Lou Reed at South by Southwest, Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Walkmen, Matisyahu, Spoon and Delta Spirit, as well as at major festivals such as Lollapalooza, FM4 Fest in St. Polten, Austria and the prestigious Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain.
The track listing for Mysterious Power is as follows:
1. Wild Rosemarie
2. I Killed Myself But I Didn’t Die
3. Hard Time in a Terrible Land
4. Mysterious Power
5. Teenage Wasteland
6. Bloodsucking Whore
7. Don’t Turn Your Back On Love
8. Portrait of Maud
9. Fall In Love With My World
10.Too Strung Out
11.Heaven at the Drive-In