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Purple Pilgrims Share Video For 'Ancestors Watching'

Purple Pilgrims Share Video For 'Ancestors Watching'

Annabel Kean / Thursday 26th August, 2021 11:39AM

Exhumed from the Purple Pilgrims' crypt, where it has lain untouched for two years since the release of their Flying Nun album Perfumed Earth, today at last we're treated to the 'Ancestors Watching' visual accompaniment. Made with support from NZ On Air, the magical Kodak Super 8 video is the final in a trilogy of intimate film pieces made in collaboration with director Gary War, following 'Love In Lunacy (Saturn Return)' and 'Delphiniums In Harmony / Two Worlds Away'. The clip was shot in the hills of Tāmaki Makaurau, where sisters Clementine and Valentine Nixon act out their "take on an ancient ritual" for their ancestors to see, featuring some gorgeous golden hour moments and the longest rainbow ribbon I ever did see. The duo had this to say on the video:

“We were thinking about folkloric traditions, and of course our ancestors. The song is largely about being kind to oneself, and the idea that muddling our way through life can feel less daunting when we consider all our family branching out behind us, holding wisdom and strength. It’s an idea that can offer comfort when we’re feeling lost. We had this really simple idea loosely based around a maypole dance - the ancient celebration of oncoming warmer weather and new growth. May celebrations are so optimistic, always looking forward - which felt fitting as the song itself is about a new beginning too in a way.”


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