Genesis Owusu is back with his latest single, “The Other Black Dog,” along with the long-awaited announcement of his forthcoming debut album Smiling With No Teeth, out March 5, 2021 via House Anxiety/Ourness.
The Ghanian-born, Australia-based artist is becoming renowned for a maverick presence and an ability to conjure powerful storytelling in diverse forms, as he embraces a winding sonic path of his own. His new single puts a name to the inner and outer demons he lives with, the ‘black dogs’ that form his existence–a notion to become familiar with on his debut album, Smiling With No Teeth. The song unleashes cinematic verses and a charging dance energy that brings his story to life. Razor-sharp quips punch throughout, building intensity to a heady climax before an abrupt shift welcomes a rich, soulful breakdown. “The Other Black Dog” premiered today via KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic and Complex.
Owusu says of the single: “The track explores the internal struggle between a hopeful spirit of endurance, and a gnashing black hole of ugliness. One is me, and the other is also me.”
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Transposing the track’s fiery energy into visual realms, “The Other Black Dog” film clip further considers these internal and external forces. Directed by Riley Blakeway, Genesis bolts through the darkness along a deserted country road at night, trying to outrun himself and these relentless demons that feed off his fear and escapism. Watch here: https://youtu.be/25CBe5FAvtI.