Dengue Dengue Dengue Explore Peruvian Past in Captivating 'Guarida' Music Video: Exclusive
Lost nations, unknown songs, love at dawn, something about flowers.
This is just some of the poetic imagery Sara Van sings about in Dengue Dengue Dengue's mysterious new single, “Guarida.” The Peruvian duo say the song is loosely about loss and the journey to overcome it, but check out the intriguing and cinematically astounding music video that goes along with it, and one gets lost instead in a visual tale of discovery.
Directed by DDD frequent collaborator and fellow Peruvian Mikael Stornfelt, “Guarida” depicts time traveling archeologists as they explore various eras of Peruvian culture. They start in a modern-day Afro-Peruvian home where portraits of Peruvian musicians, including DDD themselves, line the dusty walls. They next travel to prehistoric times, where instead of home with photographs, the travelers find cave walls decorated with hand prints. They finally arrive in primordial times to meet a mythological goddess who gives birth to humankind and the Universe.
The travelers are dressed in a mixture of traditional African and Peruvian garb, representing the musical duo's own ethnicity and cultural influences. Painstakingly filmed in Lima in one “very long” day, the hauntingly beautiful imagery matches the tune's mystical and brooding tone. The film was colored over in post-production, giving it a distinct sheen of surreality.
“It's all very abstract and poetic,” the band says in an email interview. Whatever you discern, “Guarida,” both musically and visually, is absolutely captivating.