Barney Cortez announces the release of his newest single “Black Sheep,” set for release on September 18th.

Alongside the single, Cortez will release a video for “Black Sheep” which was shot and directed by another Philly native, photographer/videographer, Jen Strogatz . “Black Sheep” includes a mixture of both lo-fi pop melodies and a dose of more modern production, with heavy-hitting drums. The hypnotic riff recalls all the best elements of 90’s guitar bands while calling back to artists such as Elliott Smith, placed atop lyrics that deal with a person forever pegged as the outsider.

“She’ll always be/be the black Sheep / Everybody wanna pull out the weed / Out in the light/ she’s dark as can be / She’s the bad seed / she’s the black sheep.”

In his own words, Cortez says that the song “is about a relative who ran away after a nervous breakdown and cut off all her hair. We’ll always have a bond as being the black sheep of the family, and the song is a celebration rather than a lament of that.”

“Black Sheep” will be released on all platforms Friday, September 18th.

ABOUT BARNEY CORTEZ: Genre-defying, alt-pop artist from Philadelphia, Barney Cortez is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Cortez released his first EP “Pretty Thin” in 2018. Most of 2019 was spent touring and releasing a string of high streaming independent singles to his growing and loyal fan base. Wearing his influences on his sleeve (The Pixies, 90’s pop-rock, Lou Reed, Prince, Beck, Joni Mitchell), he manages to distill the sounds of several different eras in a completely unexpected and original way. The music bridges rock n’ roll and guitar-driven beats, with a strong pop sensibility. This will be displayed in full effect in Cortez’s upcoming Fall 2020 EP, ​“Drive Thru Heart.”

Listen to Barney Cortez’s brand new single “Necessary Evil” on all platforms now:

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And check out the new single and accompanying music video for “Black Sheep” everywhere on September 18th.