If you know me, you know I am a bit of a Triple J listener and enjoy the “alternative” side of the music scene. Lately this song has been stuck in my head. I’m a Fantastic Wreck by Montaigne. As soon as those first few notes hit my ears my fingers dart to the volume and it’s only up from here folks. Yes. I definitely belt along with Montaigne as I claim I too am a Fantastic Wreck. I cannot get this song out of my head! Montaigne is onto a winner here. If you haven’t already heard of this gorgeous young lady that is making her mark on triple J’s playlist right now, Montaigne is the stage name of 2012 Unearthed High finalist Jessica Cerro. You can find out more about Jessica/Montaigne here. Also, interestingly ‘Montaigne’ is defined in the dictionary as “Michel Eyquem de 1533-1592. French writer noted for developing the essay as a literary form as well as for the lively, personal quality of his prose.” – The Free Dictionary
I remember hearing I’m a Fantastic Wreck and instantly feeling connected with the lyrics. A lot of young women and really young people in general would relate to the feelings expressed in the lyrics throughout this sweet tune. Sometimes you do feel like a bit of a Fantastic Wreck.
Or maybe always. I’ve been in love with it ever since my first listen. The lyrics are just so relatable and it’s quickly a catchy tune to sing along with. Looking forward to hearing more great things from this young talent! She has a track up on her Triple J Unearthed profile which you can download too. I Am Not an End, which I believe is her original Unearthed High Entry.
I remember totally loving this track she released under her real name, Jessica Cerro in 2012. Anyone But Me. It’s a bit faster in pace than IaFW but it’s also super catchy. I dare you not to get it stuck in your head! She also did Like a Version for Triple J in November last year and did a killer cover of Sia’s 2014 hit, Chandelier.
Check out the quirky video for I’m a Fantastic Wreck though…
I love it. So simple yet effective with the illustrations interacting with her throughout. Clever but not overdone.
Great things to come from Montaigne I’m sure! If you’re liking her work as much as I am you might even want to go and check out her EP, Life of Montaigne, which is available on iTunes. I’ve just collected it myself and am looking forward to it in my playlist this week! I’ll be keeping my ear out for an opportunity to see her perform live! ... Actually I just found she is touring and nabbed some tickets!
Also I quite fancy the EP Artwork! Quirky combination of a portrait photograph and some sweet textures and effects to create a striking composition complimented by the simple type. Gorgeous!
Have you checked her out? What did you think? I may be gushing a little bit!