Portland’s rising folk pop phenomenon Ezra Bell have released the second single from their highly anticipated new album This Way To Oblivion out April 3 on Dutch Records, “5th and James”. The band will embark upon a national headlining tour in March, playing key shows including hometown Portland on April 4 at Mississippi Studios and New York City on May 29 at Mercury Lounge. The full list of dates is below.
Ezra Bell’s infectious form of folk pop ranges from anthemic to jangling, echoing romp-and-stomp heroes along the likes of Dr. Dog, The Decemberists, Mumford and Sons, and Of Monsters and Men. This six-piece has toured incessantly, organically earning a cult following with their raucous live performances. Their high-spirited songwriting rattles with beautiful recklessness, messily collecting life’s most relatable experiences and alighting them with playful perspective and celebratory melody. Frontman Benjamin Wuamett sings with a compelling rasp like that of Hamilton Leithauser, The Lumineers, or CAAMP, letting every lyric ring with the grating aches and striking joys of humanity.
Ezra Bell say of their new single — “”There is that time in the morning when the sun is just rising and the light is soft but everything is illuminated and beautiful. It is similar to when you have just fallen in love, where everything looks and feels more beautiful than ever … which is almost like getting out of jail.”