Jessica Cerro, the woman behind Montaigne, knows her way around the musical landscape. Her unique and emotional vocals match perfectly with the sharp chord progressions of the piano. Somewhat of a musical extravaganza, ‘Because I Love You’ is jam packed with influences from disco, classical music and pop, and features an array of instruments like the guitar, drums, piano, synth, flute and strings (maybe even a whole orchestra?).
The track is a cautionary tale of how love can truly blind us from reality. In the chorus, Jessica boldly sings: “My parents feel that this is a waste of time…I tell them all that they are wrong because I love you.” But instead of being a song of sadness and loss, Jessica has crafted a track that is more about redemption and letting go. The music in ‘Because I Love You’ is redeeming, and sounds like the ultimate musical F.U. to the person that she used to love.
To me, the track is like being handed a box of Favourites because it is filled with such a huge range of musical elements that somehow end up fitting perfectly together. At some points of the song, I hear a little bit of Talking Heads (especially the synth beats) and Enya (the strings), two artists that would usually have little relation to each other. And yet, Montaigne has created a new breed of pop music that is infectious and creative.
‘Because I Love You’ is only the tip of the iceberg. With a highly anticipated debut album due in the next few months, I am sure that Montaigne will surprise us with some more dance floor worthy tunes.