Dengue Dengue Dengue is a band known in the digital cumbia scene for creating not only killer chicha/techno/dub hybrids, but also highly conceptual videos to accompany their tracks. Now, the Lima-based duo brings us “Chichón,” a hypnotizing sonic and visual acid trip amidst a religious procession gone awry.
“Chichón” is the latest single off their album, La Alianza Profana, and it’s a track that features the duo’s signature mix of psychedelic synths, hard-thumping percussions, and deep bass, along with some interesting dancehall-flavored vocal samples. Keeping up with the psychedelic theme, Dengue Dengue Dengue’s music video, directed by Mikael Stornfelt and Piero Varda, is an exploration of folk traditions through the lens of the outsider. It features two backpackers taking in the sights of a massive Catholic procession through the middle of town. The camera follows both travelers as they wander amongst the faithful until one of them gets lost, and that’s where everything takes a turn toward freaky street. As the track gets headier, the girls look for each other in a sea of faces that become distorted as the video progresses. They eventually find each other, but not before freaking us out a bit more.