Eric Slick creates a black and white dystopia in “The Dirge”

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Eric Slick | photo via Egghunt Records

In just over a month we’ll have Eric Slick‘s debut solo LP Palisades in our hands, an exciting moment for us and for the Dr. Dog drummer. He’s shared some digital material over the years but this will be the first official, cohesive release, and it’s proving to be worth the wait. We heard a lead single called “You Became the Light” back in February, and this week Slick shared a video for “The Dirge.”

A black and white close up of Slick’s hooded face opens the clip, pulling away to show him lying on a hotel bed singing into a microphone while reading lyrics off of a laptop. Co-star Natalie Prass says goodbye and Slick tries to engage in a series of activities but without much enthusiasm or success. He seems a little despondent in this insulated world he and Prass have created, and with good reason.

Slick tells Clash:

“The post election trauma has left a lot of people feeling hopelessly glued to their social media. The video for ‘The Dirge’ is an absurdist look into a dystopian living space where Natalie and I try to make the best of our existence while painting our nails, exercising, and singing karaoke on a yoga ball. The computer is watching us and we are watching the computer, ad infinitum.”

Watch the video below. Slick opens for Tift Merritt at World Cafe Live on March 29th; tickets and information can be found herePalisades is out April 21st via Egghunt Records.

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