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Slingshot Dakota | photo by Em Dubin | courtesy of the artist

Carly Comando says she wrote the latest Slingshot Dakota song when she realized there was a crucial gap in breakup music: there were no breakup songs for friends. While the rousing “Casino Night” addresses toxic friendships and how they’re often not worth the effort, the new music video directed by Adam Peditto takes a mystical, magical approach to interpreting its themes.

The vibe is very much Neil Gaiman (particularly The Ocean at the End of the Lane) as we see Comando tentatively wandering into a hauntingly lit barn, where two women in ornate outfits appear to be having a seance at a table. Over the course of four and a half minutes, Comando follows the two people along a misty lake, across a field, and in other areas of the barn, and while its unclear whether she is an excluded member of a group of friends, or a guardian angel trying to help one of the women reach a realization, the vibe is clear that there is unhappiness and pain, and the cure is a sort of separation.

Watch the video for “Casino Night” below. The band releases their new LP Heavy Banding on Community Records on May 24th; preorders are available here. Slingshot Dakota headlines Everybody Hits on May 30th; tickets and more information on the show can be found the XPN Concert Calendar.

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