Montgomery is the latest signing to Melbourne boutique label I OH YOU (home to Violent Soho, DZ Deathrays, DMAs, Snakadaktal and more). Despite her delicately profound voice, the Queensland singer-songwriter holds her own amongst the frenetic garage-pop, indie thrash and hard-rocking post-grunge of I OH YOU’s existing roster.
A spine-tingling and gorgeous addition to the indie electronic scene. Surrounded by synths, the sweet vocals which carry a delicate sobriety makes Montgomery something special.
The Gold Coast singer has just dropped the first single from her upcoming debut EP, New Clear War (a six-track record about “failed relationships”) and it is as pensive as it is heavy on the heartstrings. Piñata is conveyed as a heart-baring profession of emotion – “Crack me open like you always do / Say you’re only bringing out the best of me / But you break me.” The lyrics are heartfelt, raw and humanistic, encapsulated beautifully through Montgomery’s heavenly dulcet tone. Instrumentation is also on point, where gossamer-light vocals are accompanied by reverberating synths and steadily beating bass.
Produced by Tom Iansek of Big Scary and #1 Dads, Piñata reflects the prolificacy of the Melbourne-based songwriter and producer’s impeccable production skills. Harnessing a skillful balance between light and depth, gentle and heavy, there’s an unrivalled brooding introspection in Montgomery’s debut single.
As with Piñata, earlier release War Cry was co-produced by Iansek, and is also typified by a similar melancholic, acoustic-driven ballad. Vocals as diaphanous as moths’ wings intersperse between gauzy clouds of twinkling chords and shimmering synths, creating an atmospherically tranquil track.
A strikingly unique new addition for I OH YOU, Montgomery is clearly something special. With the two already highly impressive offerings, we’re anticipating big things from Montgomery’s forthcoming EP.
Piñata is the first single from Montgomery’s debut EP New Clear War, which is out now through I OH YOU.