British artist Blanco White is navigating his way through a desolate tundra in the visual for his prairie-bound single “Desert Days,” premiering exclusively on Billboard today (Oct. 24).
Directed by Javier Lara, the video follows a seemingly fruitless excursion as a lone protagonist ambles through a sandy, barren landscape. The expansive vistas and breath-taking scenery are scaled to almost claustrophobic limits as no escape appears in sight until the song’s restorative climax when the hero finally reaches his cool abyss.
“Desert Days is a song about feeling you’ve been trapped living in a place too long,” White tells Billboard. “It was inspired by the Jorge Luís Borges short story The Two Kings and the Two Labyrinths. In the story the desert stands as the last labyrinth that is impossible to escape from, even though there are no walls blocking your way.”
The visual may portray a listless search for salvation in the desert terrain, but the song pinpoints the core of White’s musical roots including his long-standing affection for South American and Spanish music that’s proven by his adoption of regional instruments like the charango and ronroco.
The exotic locale also nods to White’s latest influences from “listening to more blues-based music from both sides of the Sahara recently,” with the artist making special mention of the Mali-based Tuareg collective Tinariwen.
Though his latest single suggests a new direction for Blanco White, “Desert Days” proves that something promising is waiting on the other end.
Check out the visual for “Desert Days” via Yucatan Records below.