Toronto dream pop outfit Ohbijou are pleased to unveil their video for “Niagara.” Director Jared Raab used human bodies and objects to capture the feeling of falling water. “Not only is the resulting video incredibly beautiful and something that we as a band are very proud to be a part of, but the entire process was made a joy for us all of the way through.” says James Bunton of Ohbijou.
Bunton continues, “When you find yourself on a farm just outside of Peterborough, Ontario, jumping on a trampoline at 4:30am, while being soaked with warm water from head to toe, with bursts of fire rising behind you and fresh watermelon waiting inside for you when you’re finished with your shots, you can tell you’re a part of something pretty special.”
The video comes off the heels of the release of Ohbijou’s third full-length record Metal Meets, available now on Last Gang Records.
The band (James Bunton, Ryan Carley, Anissa Hart, Heather Kirby, Jenny Mecija and Casey Mecija) have a relationship to each other and their instruments that is inspired and zealous. Renowned for their devotion to the city in which they live, Ohbijou’s lyrics and sounds have always paid homage to Toronto. Metal Meets, however, was crafted during retreats out of their city’s confines. This album is inspired by ventures to cabins in the woods, travels across Asia, Europe and North America (headlining international tours), and lyrical reflections on familial bloodlines that move across borders. Casey Mecija is a practitioner of love songs; her audience is privy to a moody, experimental lyricism and her words bespeak a passionate, rebellious desire. Each band member meticulously conditions lyrical narratives with haunting arrangements; unique to this album are songwriting contributions from Jennifer and Ryan.
Conceptually, Ohbijou draws on sites populated by rumbling volcanoes, deep lakes and haunted waterfalls, metals torn from damp earth, and dark desires usually uncommitted to words. Ohbijou has come of age, and their adulthood is more precocious and imaginative than their youth. The band has amassed an army of fans and the string of accolades that follows them is enormous.