Genesis Owusu returns with bold new single ‘GTFO’

Genesis Owusu has returned, entering a post-‘Smiling With No Teeth’ era with new single ‘GTFO’.

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The Ghanaian-Australian artist’s first song for the year was co-written with frequent collaborators Michael DiFrancesco (Touch Sensitive) and Andrew Klippel along with Jono Ma. Klippel and Ma produced the track alongside Dann Hume.

It’s a slow-burner that sees Owusu delivering introspective verses above a woozy, choral backdrop, before warbled synths and a marching drum-like beat foreground the deceptively triumphant refrain: “Get the fuck out.

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‘GTFO’ arrives alongside a video directed by Rhett Wade-Ferrell (aka Uncle Friendly) that opens with Owusu kneeling in prayer before, increasingly frenzied, hunting down a cockroach in his house, causing destruction to his surrounds throughout. Watch that below:

 

“There are many people like Roach. Strugglers, doing whatever they can to get through hell and high water,” Owusu said of the new song in a statement.

“Bankruptcy, depression, sickness; God himself can try to stand in the way, but a struggler has to keep struggling. And a Roach has to keep Roaching. Even when it’s told to GTFO.” He concluded: “SWNT SZN OVER, NOW GTFO.”

‘Smiling With No Teeth’ arrived in March of last year. In a four-star review, NME (who also declared it one of 2021’s best debut albums) called Owusu’s debut LP “a riveting album that underscores the power of self-knowledge, perspective and art – one that should be cranked loud.”

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‘Smiling With No Teeth’ went on to win four ARIA Awards (including Album of the Year), and received Best Album By An Australian Artist in the 2022 BandLab NME Awards.