It’s been almost five years since we last heard from Montgomery, but following an extended hiatus the Gold Coast singer-songwriter and producer is finally back with some new music.
Sure is a subtle, atmospheric slow jam, that fits neatly among the current crop of 80’s-influenced, new-wave and synth-flecked pop, calling to mind artists like Hatchie, Lykke Li and Dedicated-era Carly Rae Jepsen. It showcases subtle evolution from the moody pop of her debut EP New Clear War, with the track boasting slightly slicker production and a stickier pop hook.
Sure, the new single from Montgomery, is a subtle, atmospheric, 80’s-influenced slow jam, calling to mind Hatchie, Lykke Li and Carly Rae Jepsen.
The song opens in a dreamy wash of ambient synths before a warm, pulsing bassline kicks in alongside a rigid 707-style beat, rooting the sonic aesthetic of the track in the 1980’s. The tone of the verse is subdued and pensive: “We had something real before the fear,” Montgomery sings, “now I can’t help but feel so foreign here”.
According to Montgomery, the track is “inspired by the feeling of uncertainty that creeps into a tired relationship… and the energy and desperation of the last push to salvage what’s left.”
The energy and desperation of this ‘last push’ is embodied in the hook, when Sure blossoms into a shimmering pop chorus. “Don’t just hold me because it’s what you’ve done before,” she sings as the track nears its conclusion, “make me be sure,” perfectly capturing the vulnerability felt in the wake of a fading relationship.
Montgomery is set to join Lontalius and Japanese Wallpaper (who co-produced the track) on their national tour later this month: