With her new album Jessamine, Juliet has come back from the wilderness to once again charm and delight her audience.
Juliet is perhaps best known as the intoxicating singer for The Lighthouse Keepers, who played around Australia in the mid 1980’s. The Lighthouse Keepers were well known around the inner city venues during this heyday of post-punk-everything-goes music. They got a good review in the feared English trade paper NME, made it to Europe, but fell apart somewhere around Hamburg. After that Juliet and some of the band continued as the darker Widdershins, who again were highly credible cult favourites in A ustralia.
It was around this time that Juliet began to write some of her own songs and the first track on the album For Karina dates from this period of self discovery. In fact the album has songs that span different periods and people post these two bands. One of these people is her brother Barnaby, better know to his fans as Baterz. Rachael Cooper closes the album. A typical warped Baterz ballad – delivered beautifully by his big sister.
Indeed, it’s quite a family affair, Juliet’s musical father Martin even joins in the party as co-writer of the title track – the haunting Jessamine.
Juliet’s time in the metaphorical wilderness hasn’t always been easy, and her brothers early death is part of this saga. All this comes through on her new album, but there’s also a hint of innocence that has returned to her voice. I should know, I remember it well. I lived with her for 6 years and wrote most of the songs for The Lighthouse Keepers.
Greg Appel, Documentary maker and still-hanging-in-there musician.