After wowing audiences with her eccentric debut single and video Greenhouse in 2020, Montana Sharp is back with her breathtaking new single Power – a layered theatrical pop track about the pros and cons of wielding emotional power as a woman in a romantic relationship. Montana Sharp has also collaborated once again with Majella Productions (Maddy Jane, Julia Stone, Ecca Vandal) to create an epic music video to accompany Power, inspired by the one and only Queen of Hearts from Alice In Wonderland. Montana will be celebrating the release with a completely sold out show at the Wesley Anne in Melbourne on May 6.
Power is not quite the empowering song you might think it is upon first listen – and this nuance is Montana’s strength. Evocative of Eurovision stars Kate Miller-Heidke and Montaigne, Power is a tour de force, propelled by cycling piano, impressive percussion and an all-encompassing chorus throughout which Montana’s voice soars to new heights. Speaking on the inspiration behind this intriguing song, Montana says, “I think I grew up sold on the idea that my life would be magically ‘fixed’ once a man came to rescue me…I’d get into a relationship and expect the guy to ‘save’ me from my problems, and I’d be so disappointed and bitter when they inevitably couldn’t – so I’d cut them off abruptly in order to regain a sense of control. I still struggle with cutting people off as a power play when I feel vulnerable. I know people will listen to this song and think it’s empowering, and perhaps it was when I wrote it – but I think the head that wears the crown was very heavy, and there’s a lot more subtext within the story.”
TOP 5 SONGS OF 2021 SO FAR:
Dancing with the Devil – Demi Lovato
Not only because her vocals are insane, but also because she’s given her audience so much context to the story. It feels very personal and intimate. My car does not like this song though because I’ve been screeching that high G note every time I drive. I don’t know how Demi does it.
Drivers License – Olivia Rodrigo
Is this a surprise to anyone? I highly doubt it. How dare she be such a genius songwriter at 18. When I was 18 all I did was over-pluck my eyebrows. This song normally wouldn’t be the kind of music I listened to but it’s just undeniably good. I’m transported back to my first teenage heartbreak. Driving through the suburbs just hits differently now.
Cover me in Sunshine – Pink and Willow Hart
I have this weird thing where I cry everytime I hear children sing, maybe because it’s too pure for the world. This song is so cute without it being cutesy. It is feel-good and poignant and it feels like the motherly energy of P!nk is giving you a hug at the end of the bad day. Also Willow is a better singer at 9 years old than I am at 24 so there’s that…
Your Power – Billie Eilish
Maybe we were on the same wavelength when we were titling our songs ;). I’ve always been a fan of Billie’s, there’s something about her that is so cutting-edge yet so evocative of an old soul at the same time. I love this new era that she’s moving into. It feels like a musical and psychological departure, you can tell she’s walked this earth before.
Runaway Levl.2 – AURORA
Technically cheating because this song was released years prior, but I love this new version that she’s just released with the fresh synths and BVs. I confess I hadn’t heard of her before the Frozen 2 movie (she does the OOOooooOOOOoooOOO bit, you know the one…) but I absolutely love her music, it’s very in line with the type of songs I like to write, quite ethereal and other-wordly.
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