Following the release of his standout LP Perpetual Motion People on Bella Union, Ezra Furman has shared the playful video for ‘Body Was Made’ on Noisey. The video sees an all-star cast featuring members of Bella Union label-mates Landshapes as well as members of Peggy Sue performing in a sort of bizarro-reality musical contest that’s brimming with humor and sass. Director Anika Mottershaw notes: “We wanted the video to feel goofy and fun. It was fun making it with our friends, and we hope that comes across.” This invented scenario accomplishes these aims, all the while beautifully addressing the themes of bodies and identity that Furman so poignantly raises up in his lyrics. As Ezra explains himself: “Body Was Made is a protest song against the people and forces that would make me ashamed of my body, my gender and my sexuality. Its a declaration of freedom from false authority and self-appointed social police who have given me grief all my life.”
So it goes for Perpetual Motion People, besides the category of Great Albums of 2015, with its equal doses of desperation and joie de vivre, irresistible melody and boundless energy. Ultimately, Furman declares, life in perpetual motion is, “a good way to be. If you are never sure footing, you don’t get bored and the world is always new. It causes a lot of pain as well, but it seems worth it, and it is probably the only way I know how to be.”
The release of the music video coincides with Furman’s latest tour, which is set to come to the Tractor Tavern in Seattle on December 1st, and Mississippi Studios in Portland on December 2nd.
The full list of dates are below, along with links to where you can purchase tickets. You can watch the “Body Was Made” music video below.
12/3 Arcata, CA – Richard’s Goat*
12/6-San Francisco,CA-Rickshaw Stop*
12/8-San Diego,CA-The Casbah*
12/9 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo*
2/9 Washington DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
2/10 New York, NY – The Bowery
* w / Guy Blakeslee