Watch the Mars Volta's Stark, Mesmerizing 'The Malkin Jewel' Video

Watch the Mars Volta's Stark, Mesmerizing 'The Malkin Jewel' Video
David Marchese WRITTEN BY
David Marchese

Edited by guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, this video for the Mars Volta's malevolently ebbing, flowing "The Malkin Jewel" is wonderfully contradictory. Filmed before a live audience in dramatic black and white, the band prowls through the 15-minute-plus song, which was the first single from the recent Noctourniquet. The multi-part epic lurches and bucks, bounces and soars, but the video is a relatively minimalist treatment of some maximalist music: Just the band, its fans, some flashing lights, and the magic that comes from total musical engagement.

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