21 Sep 2020

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

O Juliet - Album Review: Unlash the Boats

12 Mar 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
New Plymouth based band O Juliet have released their debut album, the mystical and mysterious Unlash the Boats. The album begins with a shuffling rhythm section and smooth electric keyboard as Juliet herself laments the pain of losing what she mistook for love. She talks of lining her nerves in a row, as she gathers the energy and strength to leave. The backing vocals from the band add a solemn triumph to the piece, as if Juliet is returning from battle safe, but injured.

The second piece, Figured it Out, feels lighter. The electric piano that drives the soundscape of the album is less melancholy, and more thoughtful. The lyrics talk of moving through disappointments with maturity. With lounge jazz influences, the song sits somewhere between empowering and defeated. She says that it’s “never enough to dream in the light of others”, seemingly moved to find fulfilment from herself.

Juliet’s lyrics are thought provoking. She writes in metaphors that provide enough information to keep you interested without revealing too much. My favourite track on the album is Set the Fire, which uses creative guitar effects and once again demonstrates Juliet’s poetic ability.

The title track Unlash the Boats utilises creative synths, and sound effects that appear reversed. The result is a disorienting. Leaving Copper Mountain allows time for the listener to pause and think. The production is charmingly low-fi.

Finally, the album ends on an uplifting note with Somebody’s Sweetheart. Produced by Rhythm Ace, Unlash the Boats is worth a listen for its creativity, and ultimately calming timbre. O Juliet should be proud of the final product they worked hard to release. We look forward to seeing where their music takes them next.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )

About O Juliet

“A misty blend of pure, heartfelt lyricism cut against unexpected twists and twilight stylings. Blurred edges and a gentle sense of things not being quite as they first appear. A reward for the curious and the listener who likes to decide for themselves—not for the spoon feeders!”
-Sam Johnson, Producer and Sound Engineer, Rhythm Ace Studio

O Juliet are a band based in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Founded by songwriter Juliet McLean the group includes longtime collaborators and tour-mates Rob Ju and Hamish Cameron. Their latest album Unlash the Boats was released in November 2019.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for O Juliet


Unlash The Boats
Year: 2019
Type: Album

Other Reviews By Isla Norman

Madeleine Howard - EP Review: Just Reaching Out
02 Sep 2020 // by Isla Norman
Following the success of her singles No More and Missing Pieces, Madeleine Howard has released her much anticipated debut EP Just Reaching Out. Howard describes the EP as "a long time coming".
Aro - EP Review: He Manu Ano
28 Aug 2020 // by Isla Norman
Aro are a husband and wife duo who share a passion for the power of language and music to tell stories and remind us of our cultural identity. In celebration of Aotearoa’s magical wildlife, Aro have released a five track EP inspired by native birds.
Valere - Single Review: Undercover
20 Aug 2020 // by Isla Norman
Following the success of her earlier releases Like That and Make Believe, Valere is back with her most sincere piece of work to date. Undercover begins with a choir of synths and swells into the questions "Do you know if your minds made up yet?
Samantha Josephine - Album Review: Feeling In The Strange
20 Aug 2020 // by Isla Norman
Hailing from Ladysmith, South Africa, Samantha Josephine is the mastermind behind the Feeling In The Strange album. Her sound is crisp and enchanting, and her lyrics feel as though they were written in another universe.
Raw Collective - Single Review: Waiting for Sunrise
13 Aug 2020 // by Isla Norman
Raw Collective are the snowball of a ten-piece whose name gathers interest with each turn. The Wellington Hip-Hop collective spent the past few years bring their music to the world through headlining tours and festivals in New Zealand and overseas.
Valkyrie - Single Review: Good Thing
06 Aug 2020 // by Isla Norman
Valkyrie is back with the catchy bop to end all catchy bops: Good Thing. This South Auckland based three piece produce famously groovy music that touches on elements of arena rock, pop and RnB.
Farandicus - Single Review: CSM
23 Jul 2020 // by Isla Norman
Farandicus is a six-piece from Northland. Their rich harmonies and complex instrumental arrangements allow for an impressive discography of engaging releases.
Madeleine Howard - Single Review: Missing Pieces
30 Jun 2020 // by Isla Norman
From a young age Madeleine Howard was inspired by female New Zealand artists. Brooke Fraser, Anika Moa and Lorde resonated with her.
View All Articles By Isla Norman

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • WAP
    Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion
  • MOOD
    24kGoldn feat. Iann Dior
    Jawsh 685 x Jason DeRulo
    Internet Money And Gunna feat. Don Toliver And NAV
    Drake feat. Lil Durk
    Chris Brown And Young Thug
    Joel Corry feat. MNEK
    Pop Smoke feat. Lil Tjay
    DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem