Cassowary Takes Us Into The Desert Of Dating World In “Belt Notch!”


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While dating apps is an oasis for hookups, it can feel like a desert for those who seek something deeper. Cassowary, aka Miles Shannon, taps into the tricky world of dating in his new video “Belt Notch!” where he addresses the superficiality, hunter-esque mentality, and emotional imbalance that comes with online romance. Hit play:

“I wrote the song while reentering the dating scene after a relationship,” explained Cassowary, “‘Belt Notch’ is about wanting more from a one-night stand, and looking for love in the wrong places, how two people can hook up and walk away feeling differently. The notion that you’re marked as a trophy is a common one in communities dominated by heartless dating apps and surface level interactions. I felt that the Wild West backdrop and femme fatale lead of the video would represent this ‘quick draw’ ‘high noon’ situations that I was going through at the time. My villain is seen with many handmade notches on her belt, takes the belt notch saying to another level be seemingly making a notch for each kill. She is loosely inspired by ‘Kissing Kate’ from Holes by Louis Sachar.”

The track is from Cassowary’s upcoming self-titled debut record, which will be out on April 24th via Fat Possum. He also has a show coming up soon:

3/12 – Baby’s All Right (Brooklyn, NY, USA)