“Some people say you can’t hear a difference of one dB. But I’d like to believe that you can.”
Not a statement worth arguing, especially coming from Robin Braun, one half of the Copenhagen duo Owusu and Hannibal, who released that infectious sing-along album on Ubiquity in 2006. That 6th dB-sense allows him to change the tone of his voice within seconds from an MJ-worthy falsetto, to a Shaun Escoffery-esque croon, to (in his words) “a choir of Brazilian orphans.”
Lately this self-taught Danish multi-instrumentalist has been “going through a girl phase.” Not that type of girl phase, dummy. He’s been working on tracks with a number of different female vocalists. No telling yet, if it’ll be made-up Portuguese or Hans Cristian Andersen-inspired lyrics, or something like the intro to their album on Ubiquity, which was about a budgie who went missing and left a suicide note.
One of Robin’s new projects, which he headed back to Copenhagen by train yesterday to start work on, is a soundtrack for a new dogma-style gritty film about teenagers. The Owusu and Hannibal project isn’t on ice though: they’re just branching out, and tying up some loose ends. There’s an older, still unreleased album that will drop soon on a Japanese label as well as a major in Denmark; while Phil ‘Owusu’ is also finishing up some of his own back catalogue.
Lyrics to ‘Monster’ by Owusu and Hannibal:
THE DEVIL’S HERE
I SWEAR HE’S AROUND
HE COCKED THE GUN AND LEFT IT ON THE GROUND
TIED AND GAGGED US ON HIS HIGH IDEALS
YOU BEND YOUR KNEES
I’LL HAVE TO BEND MINE
AND WE’LL WALK TOGETHER TO OUR GRAVES
THAT RACIST HUNG US FROM THE SAME LINE