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Montaigne

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2015
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"Life Of Montaigne"

LIFE OF MONTAIGNE

ARTIST: Montaigne

Montaigne (real name Jessica Cerro) is an act to watch in 2015

Unearthed by Triple J in 2012, she spent the next couple of years honing her songwriting skills, and it shows. She’s still a teenager, but Life of Montaigne, produced by Tony Buchen, is so confident and assured, she could easily become the next Lorde-like global superstar. There are just five tracks here, but each piece of grand, atmospheric pop is close to perfect. Here’s hoping the music world doesn’t change Montaigne too much. As she sings, “If I’m a little bit deranged, would you not estrange me or change me.” - Stack


"Montaigne – Sydney, Brighton Up Bar 24/4/15"

From the painted skeletons and photos of musicians on the wall, to the red curtains that look like they may or may not have come from Kmart, the Brighton Up Bar has a strong student-house-living-room vibe. The result is unpretentious and welcoming, and the welcome is very warmly extended to Montaigne (know to her mum as Jessica Cerro).

The girl has some serious presence. Yes, she’s young, yes, this is her first headline tour, but her professionalism and obvious talent could easily fool you into thinking she’s done all this a thousand times before.

The epic A Cinematic Plea for an End showcases her breathy falsetto and powerful range. She has an uncanny ability to sound incredibly polished yet raw. Her style, vocals, even lyrics are rich in contradictions. These are not songs made for dancing, but songs to be absorbed, songs which can stun a crowd into complete silence.

After making the finals of triple j’s Unearthed High at just 16, you get the impression that despite the attention and pressure of the past few years Montaigne knows how to keep it real. Introducing Pontius of the Past, the fourth track from her The Life of Montaigne EP, she says, “This song may as well be called Fuck the Haters, because that’s what it is about.” Then she nails yet another flawless vocal performance, almost to prove that she really DGAF.

Things get taken up a notch with an ethereal cover of Bjork’s Joga, casually followed by a stripped back version of Sia’s Chandelier, both highlighting her unbelievable control. There’s no pause or recovery time, before she’s straight into the chaos of Life, then the yet-to-be-recorded pop offering What You Mean to Me.

These are rounded off by I’m a Fantastic Wreck, and as she belts out the final line, “Would you love me?”, there’s an overwhelming “Yes!” from the crowd. “That was a rhetorical question,” she laughs, “but I appreciate the affirmative answer.”

It’s all wrapped up with I Am Not an End — you know, that song which didn’t make the Hottest 100 but totally should have.

After such a dynamic and powerful set it takes a few moments for people to shake off the spell of the evening. The Life of Montaigne is one hell of a solid EP, and experiencing it live will leave you more than a little bit in awe. Can’t wait to see what’s next. - Music Feeds


"Montaigne @ The Milk Factory Review"

Jess Cerro (Montaigne) kicked off her sold-out ‘Life Of Montaigne’ tour at Brisbane’s The Milk Factory last Thursday night (23 April).

Everyone was packed tightly into the small but snug space, and all intently waited for Montaigne to take the stage. And whether or not you had seen her live before, everyone in the room was gobsmacked with what she had to offer.

Montaigne’s entire performance was extremely emotive, with her rock-solid vocals and intimate presence. It was such a pleasure to bop along and listen quietly and take a break from the more intense energy-laden concerts.

Although it was definitely one of the more laidback gigs, Montaigne still gave it her all, moving effortlessly from guitar, to piano, to no instrument at all. She proved to us that although backed by a just-as-talented crew, she could hold her own as a solo artist, singing an extremely emotional song – containing just 17 words about a friend of hers – while playing the piano.

She also gave us a taste of her insane cover of ‘Chandelier’, which rocketed to fame after she sang it on Triple J’s Like A Version’. It was just as magical in real life as it was on the radio, if not more captivating. Her ability to put a completely different spin on an already well-known track was a treat for the ears.

Although the venue's lighting was more on the moody side, if fitted well, lulling us into this half-dream-like state where we focused on what we were hearing more than what we were seeing (or in this case not seeing). Everyone was clearly enjoying their Thursday as well with drinks in hand and it felt like we were all apart of Montaigne’s little club, being wrapped up in a warm but emotional blanket with her charming sounds and even more charming nature

She was no stranger to the crowd either, sharing little anecdotes here and there about what she had been up to, what songs might have meant to her and how she was going. She was very honest with us and it was nice to be in such a calm and intimate environment with not only an artist, but what felt like a friend for life.

It was also great to be able to interact with her after the gig, as she came to the bar to get to know us all and let us tell her how much we absolutely adore her and how we just wish she would play for us forever and ever. - Scenestr


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