MONTAIGNE’s second album Complex is a lot. Which is precisely why it’s going to mean so much to so many.
The Sydney musician (born Jess Cerro) has followed her 2016 Top 5 debut album Glorious Heights with an incredibly personal and deeply brilliant record that deals with an ex-boyfriend with a literal Messiah complex, gaslighting, body image, critical loneliness, long distance love, intense self-loathing, being a people pleaser, gaming, sex robots, gender pay imbalance, burn out, environmental issues and a serious health battle.
Along for the ride on Complex are new collaborators including TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, Papa vs Pretty’s Thomas Rawle, Eric J Dobowsky (Flume, Chet Faker), Mozella (Madonna, Miley Cyrus), Kyle Shearer (Carly Rae Jepsen, Tove Lo) and regular writing and production partner Tony Buchan.
We caught up with Montaigne on Friday for The Music Weekly ahead of her Sydney show at The Metro Theatre.