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The Deslondes, ‘(This Ain’t a) Sad Song’ Music Video [Exclusive Premiere]

The Deslondes are preparing to release their sophomore album on Friday (June 23), and in advance of the project’s debut, they’ve got a new music video to share. Readers can press play above to see the band’s “(This Ain’t a) Sad Song” music video, premiering exclusively on The Boot.

One of 13 tracks on the Deslondes’ forthcoming new album, “(This Ain’t a) Sad Song” features a prominent beat and on-point harmonies. It’s got a retro country feel, with just a hint of ’60s pop, which makes sense given the band’s affinity for New Orleans-style country music and R&B.

“”Sad Song” was inspired by a situation in which I had to re-orient my definition of home and happiness,” says Sam Doores, who sings lead on “(This Ain’t a) Sad Song.” “We get comfortable in our relationships and sometimes only feel truly at home or like our full selves with our partners by our side. When suddenly we’re forced to let go of all that, it’s really easy to feel lost or develop a lack of self-worth.

“I feel like these moments are important and pivotal. These are some of the best opportunities we get in life to claim ourselves and grow stronger. To find or create a new vision of home,” Doores continues. “This song was written in one of those moments. It’s a declaration that while it hurts like hell that you’re gone, I’ll be moving on with my head up high.”

Named for the NOLA street on which they first formed, the Deslondes — Doores, Riley Downing, Dan Cutler, John James Tourville and Cameron Snyder — are a five-piece band to watch; they’ve earned acclaim from the New York Times, Pitchfork, NPR Music and more. They recorded their sophomore album, Hurry Home, in Athens, Ga., and New Orleans’ Bywater neighborhood.

“[Hurry Home is] a fitting title for this album because our lives and our songwriting revolve around leaving and returning, or searching for, home,” the Deslondes say. “And home can be a physical place, a relationship or a state of mind.”

Hurry Home is available for pre-order on Amazon. Keep up with the Deslondes on their official website.

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