The Mariachi Ghost - Marigold / Cempazuchitl (ft. Guy Maddin)

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Día 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 above.
-- Exclaim!


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