Friday, May 19, 2023

Genesis Owusu - "Leaving the Light"

Photo by Bec Parsons

As much as I'm enjoying the new song from Genesis Owusu, I'm not quite sure how to describe it. The Ghanian-Australian artist has released "Leaving the Light," which is a pop song... I think? The song is as intense as it is danceable, but just calling it pop doesn't sit right with me. There are some strong elements of drum and bass here, along with some punk, hip hop, rock, and psychedelia. I hesitate to even call this song fun, because it feels like there is too strong of a darkness lurking beneath the surface to be fun, even though it sounds like the best dance song you've heard in years. "Leaving the Light" is filled with so many conflicting elements that it just has to work.

You can watch the video for "Leaving the Light" below. Struggler is due out August 18 via Ourness/AWAL. For more on Genesis Owusu, check out the artist's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.

5/20 Coffs Harbour, AUS - Storyland @ Park Beach Reserve

5/23 Charlotte, NC - Spectrum Center**

5/25 Atlanta, GA - State Farm Arena**

5/28 Boston, MA - Boston Calling

5/30 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden**

5/31 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden**

6/02 Washington, DC - Capitol One Arena**

6/04 Cleveland, OH - Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse**

6/05 Indianapolis, IN - Gainbridge Fieldhouse**

6/07 Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena**

6/08 Toronto, ON - Scotiabank Arena**

6/10 Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center**

6/11 Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena**

6/13 Orlando, FL - Amway Center**

6/14 Hollywood, FL - Hard Rock Live**

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

**notes tour dates with Paramore, Bloc Party

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