Ezra Furman has returned with new material as he releases two songs ‘I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend’ and ‘Evening Prayer’.

Furman is preparing to release his eagerly anticipated new album, Twelve Nudes, which arrives as follow-up to last year’s effort Transangelic Exodus. The 11-track record will include the aforementioned new singles.

Speaking about ‘I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend’, Furman described it as “a romantic song of transgender longing,” before adding: “It’s another entry in my series of ‘I Wanna’ songs (in the tradition of the Ramones). I thought it was time we had an ‘Earth Angel’ for the queers. Of course because it’s an Ezra Furman tune, there’s a little bit of desperation, religion and body-talk.”

Speaking about the second song, ‘Evening Prayer’, Furman said: “It’s our rallying cry,” in a statement. “We music fans go to shows for transcendence; it’s like being called to prayer. But as Abraham Heschel said, ‘Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism and falsehood.’ I want all our fans to become activists.”

Furman added: “We punk fans have so much energy to give to the fight against injustice, i.e. the abuse of the poor by the rich, i.e. climate change. So this is one to get you in the mood.”

Stream them both, below.

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