Off the back of the single reaching the coveted #1 most played song on triple j and six weeks off dropping her anticipated sophomore record, Montaigne is thrilled to release the compelling official music video for her single, Ready. Never one to shy away from political debate, the dynamic pop songstress’ latest offering is no different. Rallying the youth of today and our future leaders and innovators, the video clip showcases Montaigne leading the pack as they prepare for the revolution amidst the global climate crisis. Watch Ready now, HERE.
Ready is undoubtedly Montaigne’s most anthemic single to date, a heartfelt call to arms, and a soundtrack for activism. There’s an undeniable element of pop to this song as Montaigne’s soaring vocals elevate the chorus, and the irresistible hook “I think I’m ready to go, I think I’m ready,” cycles like a mantra around shifting drumbeats.
The Guardian had a lot of praise to offer Ready, saying, “This song needs to start being spun on the hour, every hour, on the types of commercial radio stations that employ garishly painted Thunder-trucks to lap the city streets, giving away petrol vouchers and icy cold cans of Coke. This is a world-beating tune.”
Offering insight into the Ready music video, Montaigne enthuses, “The video is supposed to be a celebration and most importantly encouragement towards the school strikes for climate. Ready is dedicated to young people who are not yet jaded and worn down by the realities of this world. Those who inspire us with the fire of anger against injustice so that we may be galvanised to stand up and demand what is right from our world leaders.”
Elaborating on the slam poetry introduction and rallying the students for the video shoot, she continues, “I saw Fergus perform a slam poem he had written at the first ‘School Strike For Climate’ in Sydney. I was blown away by how eloquent the poem was, how incisive the metaphorical language was, and how confident he was in presenting this creative creation, so I got in touch with him through Instagram and asked if he’d like to contribute to the video.”
All in all, the experience was one both Montaigne and the kids will always hold dear. “I think all of us walked away from it feeling like we were a part of something massively special and spiritually permanent. My soul felt very warmed and I felt very heartened about the future.”
Speaking on the inspiration behind the writing of the Ready, Montaigne explains,“To me the song is about this political moment, where humanity is starting to realise how actually cooked this planet is, that it never had to be like this and that we have the power now to overthrow those who’ve forced us into this corner. It’s music that I’m proud of representing because I think that it reflects the feelings swirling around the current political shitfest my generation is facing, and it attempts to transform the anxiety amongst those feelings into angry power. It’s like a fuel source.”
At 23 years old, Montaigne has already dominated the charts with each single on her debut album Glorious Heights hitting #1 most played on triple j. Her single Because I Love You is certified Gold with over 8.5 million streams on Spotify and reached #25 on triple j’s Hottest 100 countdown. She won ARIA Award for Best Breakthrough Artist, was nominated for Cosmopolitan’s Fearless Woman Of The Year Award, and was commended by Sia personally following her triple j Like A Version cover of Chandelier. She has sold-out two national tours and is now set to hit the road for her national Complex album tour in November.
Complex is certainly an accurate name for the articulate popstress’ second album. Themes range from loneliness, isolation, distorted love narratives, confused sense of self, the desire to escape, self-image issues and self-realisation. Montaigne worked with a wide range of producers on Complex, including long-time collaborator Tony Buchen (Courtney Barnett, The Preatures), Wynne Bennett(Twin Shadow, Janelle Monae), Kyle Shearer (Dua Lipa, Broods, K. Flay), Mozella (Madonna, Miley Cyrus, One Direction), Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Foals), Mario Späte (Tkay Maidza, Urthboy, Allday) and Eric J Dubowsky (Flume, St. Vincent, Dua Lipa).
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