Psych Rock Existentialists Juniper Bush Break Fourth Wall on “Foresight”

Photo: Joey Decastro

A swirling void of psychedelic existentialism, cloaked in thundering, echoing riffs, makes its way across the Canadian prairies like an ominous storm front. In the eye of the maelstrom is Juniper Bush, a psych/shoegaze supergroup based out of Winnipeg.

Formed from the best parts of Basic Nature, Black Cloud, Holy Void and Surprise Party, Juniper Bush is more than the sum of its parts as they prepare to release their debut album, Healing Through A Sonic Figure, on April 3 via Transistor 66.

BeatRoute has the video premiere for the second single off the album, “Foresight.” Directed by band members Lizzy Burt and Danny Hacking, and produced by filmmaker Ryan Simmons, the purple-hued video features the foursome trapped in a blank room with only a television/mime — the fifth character in the video — as a focal point.

The television acts as a mirror for Juniper Bush and the viewer as the video shifts between watching and being watched. “Foresight,” like the album as a whole, deals with themes of isolation, confusion and loss of self that often results from drug addiction.

“In the video, we tried to unravel that idea even further, using the mime to convey meaning versus perception, and the alienation that can come from breakdowns in communication,” says Burt. “There is a paralyzing silence that can fall over us when we’re not aligned with ourselves. The mime symbolizes this silence, but also illustrates the capacity to overcome one weakness by mastering another: body language and self-control.”

Watch the video premiere for “Foresight” below and catch Juniper Bush on tour across the prairies this spring.

April 3 – The Good Will Social Club – Winnipeg, MB
April 9 – TBC – Saskatoon, SK
April 10 – The Palomino Smokehouse – Calgary, AB
April 11 – The Aviary – Edmonton, AB
April 12 – T+A Vinyl and Fashion – Regina, SK
April 13 – TBC – Brandon, MB
April 17 – TBC – Selkirk, MB