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MY RECORD COLLECTION: Montaigne’s political tracks for when you’re feeling the fury

Montaigne’s hook-drenched pop has won over Australian hearts since the singer released her debut album Glorious Heights, which won her an ARIA award for best breakthrough artist. Her sophomore album COMPLEX is out on August 30, and we are already pumping her debut single, READY. Montaigne is proudly political – when she won her 2016 ARIA she accepted the award with ‘People over profit’ emblazoned on her chest. She also makes some amazing vegan food which you can follow on her brilliantly titled instagram account nomtaigne. AND she’s donating $1 from every ticket sale for her upcoming tour (dates here) to Bush Heritage Australia. We are in awe of the singer, and were super excited to chat to her about her favourite political tracks for when you’re feeling the “pure, feminine fury” – the predominant mood here at Ramona. And a joyous and proud one at that.

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Declare Independence by Björk

fuzzy, gritty, scary, mantric, makes me want to go to the top of the highest mountain with my flag and my trumpet, pure feminine fury.

Same Shit/Complicated by Kimya Dawson

These are potentially my favourite lyrics of all time. Kimya Dawson is a wonderfully aware and compassionate human and a wonderful creative. The song says everything. And I so adore that she rhymed “tempeh” with “blame”.

So Tough by The Slits

One of the earliest girl punk bands that came out of the punk movement in UK. This song is awesome. The mess of vocals, the lop-sidedness of the composition, the cursing (!!!), everything about it says I don’t give a fuck about your standards for feminine behaviour or expression. And the lyrics are also pretty cheeky. I just love it.

Police State by Pussy Riot

I mean, I could put every Pussy Riot song on this list, right? Nadya Tolokonnikova has some fucking guts. And the music she makes is so awesome. When I spent a week making some stuff with Dave Sitek he played me some unreleased stuff they did together and like, everything she makes is no bullshit, no fuss, here’s my message, I’m not mincing my words, shit’s fucked and I’m calling it.

I’m Enough (And I Want More) by The Downtown Boys

That phrase on its own is so powerful. Big fan of Victoria Ruiz.

MONTAIGNE ‘COMPLEX’ NATIONAL ALBUM TOUR

Presented by triple j

THU 07 NOV – THE GOV, ADELAIDE

FRI 08 NOV – BADLANDS, PERTH

SAT 09 NOV – MOJO’S, FREMANTLE

THU 14 NOV – SOLBAR, MAROOCHYDORE

FRI 15 NOV – THE ZOO, BRISBANE

SAT 16 NOV – THE NORTHERN, BYRON BAY

THU 21 NOV – TAP HOUSE, BENDIGO

FRI 22 NOV – TORQUAY HOTEL, TORQUAY

SAT 23 NOV – THE CROXTON, MELBOURNE

THU 28 NOV – UC HUB, CANBERRA

FRI 29 NOV – THE METRO, SYDNEY

SAT 30 NOV – UOW UNIBAR, WOLLONGONG

 tickets here

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Molly Mckew

Molly Mckew is a Music Editor of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She enjoys writing and music and as a teenager devoured any life advice she could find. She hopes Ramona will help to fill the void for any young people currently in the same boat.

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