Some may recognize Los Angeles-based Juliette Commagere from her work as keytarist and vocalist for the rock outfit, Hello Stranger. Together, the band released their self-titled debut in 2006 and has opened shows for bands like the Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon among others.
Since then, Commagere’s musical resumé has vastly expanded, as she has found opportunities contributing to additional projects including metal band Avenged Sevenfold and Tool frontman, Maynard James Keenan’s Puscifer.
But in 2008, Commagere went solo and released her debut album, Queens Die Proudly, a mesmerizing record that places her in an entirely different genre. Where Hello Stranger’s overall sound was decidedly more rock oriented, Commagere’s solo work thus far finds her in more lush territory, favoring electronic sounds and song structures that hint at her classical roots and conjure moods which lie deftly between haunting and fantasy.
Commagere’s latest effort is The Procession, released just recently by Manimal Vinyl. The songs here are in a similar vein with Queens Die Proudly, with Commagere taking a very experimental approach with her music, each song feeling more like an epic sound scape than a typical three-minute throw-away.
Commagere’s originality certainly sets her apart from her contemporaries and her work up to this point shows a talent that will be exciting to watch and listen to.