Montaigne, AKA Jessica Cerro, shot to fame while she was still in school thanks to Triple J’s Unearthed High competition. Now 21, she’s made a name for herself as one of the most interesting and original new Australian recording artists.
Rolling Stone describes her vocals as “astonishingly powerful and expressive”, praising her debut album, Glorious Heights, as: “an enthralling listen, with pin-balling pop melodies and irrepressible hooks.”
Equally enthralling is her mindful approach to everything from conscious consumption – she’s a vegan, and a dedicated thrift-store fan – to politics. Anyone who watched the ARIAs this year will no doubt remember Montaigne appearing with “people over profit” daubed across her chest in black paint.
In this Episode we talk about millennial values, how the older generation has no right to screw up the planet for those who will inherit their mistakes, and Montaigne’s sartorial mission to dress “swashbuckling, somewhat medieval but also kind of Amish and vampire-esque” on stage. Often in the work of emerging ethical fashion designers. Sometimes in frills and furbelows upcycled from old curtains.
The WARDROBE CRISIS show notes unpack the issues addressed in each Episode. Way more than just links, it’s like a mini magazine!
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