The video for Places We’ve Roamed starts with Dancing Years vocalist David Henshaw lying by the side of a picturesque lake as the lyrics “Remember the weekend/the lakes in the Autumn/the roads deserted/and the night was so peaceful” are sung.
It becomes obvious it’s a stag night when Henshaw is later shown blindfolded and thrown in the back of a van, before switching to a shot of him playing air-guitar in a club.
But it’s also about a road trip – it was written whilst staying with friends in Sweden – and makes comparison between a long drive and the prospect spending your entire life with another person.
It cleverly links the two, so that a road trip is a metaphor for spending your life with somebody else, and spending your life with somebody else is a metaphor for a road trip, depending on how you look at it: “And we felt like explorers/with the headlights before us/and crept through the old town/rain was the only sound.”
Places We’ve Roamed is a ballad that might be clever, but it’s not so clever it trips over itself – it’s a thoroughly decent song.
Dancing Years have recently toured with George Ezra, and they’ll be touring the UK and Europe in November.
“Places We’ve Roamed” is released July 7th.