The Mariachi Ghost "Marigold" (video) (dir. Guy Maddin)
Published Oct 30, 2015Día de Muertos is nearly upon us, and Winnipeg outfit the Mariachi Ghost are celebrating the Mexican holiday honouring the dead with a new video for "Marigold."
The clip was directed by Canadian filmmaking legend Guy Maddin and is a recut of the director's decade-old short film Sombra Dolorosa. The story borrows from traditional Mexican customs, but also incorporates elements from modern culture — mirroring the band's own ethos.
"I think what is most exciting about the video is that it truly speaks of the great diversity of Canadian art — where a filmmaker and a band can see eye to eye in such a beautiful way, almost transcending time," said lead vocalist Jorge Requena in a statement. "The video is perfect for our music and it dances along so beautifully. It's like being at a séance in old Mexico, while listening to the Mariachi Ghost. I am elated to be able to show this to the world."
The track (named "Cempazuchitl" in Spanish) comes from the group's latest self-titled record, though the Mariachi Ghost are currently working on a new album that's due out in 2016. The video will be given an official screening at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto tonight (October 30) as part of a Day of the Dead celebration, but you can get an early look at the beautifully dark and expressive clip right now in the player below.
10/30 Toronto, ON – Royal Ontario Museum
10/31 Hamilton, ON – Mills Hardware
11/20 Winnipeg, MB – Folk Fest in the City