Genesis Owusu Debuts “Tied Up!”

Genesis Owusu will drop his forthcoming album Struggler, on August 18 via OURNESS/AWAL. Today, he has shared a video for "Tied Up!"
Genesis Owusu photo by Bec Parsons

Genesis Owusu will drop his forthcoming album Struggler, on August 18 via OURNESS/AWAL. The Ghanaian-Australian artist takes his live show to North America this fall for a headline tour. Today, the artist born Owusu returns with his latest single, “Tied Up!” – the follow up to lead single “Leaving The Light.”

“Tied Up!” features a stomping beat and warping guitar line, combined with Owusu’s powerful vocals that speak to the heart of the album’s mindset; the struggle of getting by in an uneasy world, and holding onto oneself in the process. Produced by Sol Was (Beyoncé’s Renaissance) and Henry Was (Justin Jay, Thumpasaurus), the track lends nods to fan favorites like “Good Times” and “Wit Da Team” rounded out by a meditative, outro; ‘I’m the struggler, ain’t no way to love ya’. The “Tied Up!” video, which continues his collaboration with globally-celebrated Aotearoa (New Zealand) visual artist Lisa Reihana, and sees Owusu as a boxer going to battle for himself while running from his demons, here:

STRUGGLER is an imminent exploration of the chaos and absurdity of life, and our ability to endure. Where his celebrated 2021 debut album, Smiling With No Teeth, uncovered the battle against depression and racism, STRUGGLER is about how to get through its struggle. The album takes inspiration from a close friend hitting the brink and coming through the other side, in conjunction with prompted questions of life and beauty that Owusu found himself contemplating during readings of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis – references that are explicitly featured in “Tied Up!”.

Genesis Owusu 2023 Tour Dates

10/12 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
10/13 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
10/14 Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch
10/15 Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird Music Hall
10/17 Toronto, ON – The Velvet Underground
10/18 Montreal, QC – Le Studio TD
10/19 Boston, MA – The Sinclair
10/20 Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere
10/21 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
10/25 Washington, DC – Union Stage
10/27 Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre
10/28 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
10/29 Nashville, TN – The Basement East
10/31 Austin, TX – Empire Control Room & Garage
11/01 Dallas, TX – The Studio at The Factory
11/03 Denver, CO – Globe Hall
11/06 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
11/07 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
11/09 Seattle, WA – Neumos
11/10 Portland, OR – Star Theatre
11/11 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
11/15 London, UK – Heaven
11/16 Paris, FR – Café de la Danse
11/17 Berlin, DE – Hole44
12/01 Perth, AUS – Ice Cream Factory
12/08 Melbourne, AUS – Festival Hall
12/09 Canberra, AUS – UC Refectory
12/14 Brisbane, AUS – Fortitude Music Hall
12/15 Sydney, AUS – Hordern Pavilion
12/16 Adelaide, AUS – Hindley St Music Hall

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