I am a solo post-rock artist from Brisbane. I draw sonic inspiration from my favourite bands Sigur Rós and Explosions In The Sky, as well as lesser-known ambient post-rock artists like Lights and Motion and U137.
FIRSTLY, WHERE ARE YOU AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
WELL FUNNILY ENOUGH, AT THIS VERY MOMENT I’M ON A BOAT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE OCEAN HEADING BACK TO BRISBANE AFTER A DAY OF FILMING ON LOCATION AT THE LOVELY MORETON ISLAND FOR THE UPCOMING DEAR EARTH CLIP. IT WAS A LOT OF FUN, BUT I THINK I MAY HAVE SUNSTROKE!
YOUR DEBUT SINGLE ‘DEAR EARTH’ IS A BEAUTIFUL TRACK! HOW DID IT COME TOGETHER?
THANK YOU SO MUCH! AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR I DECIDED TO MAKE A MORE CONSCIOUS EFFORT IN FOCUSING ON MY MUSIC. SO WITHOUT ANY EXCUSES OR LACK OF TIME, AT THE BEGINNING OF 2020 I DECIDED TO PUT MY TIME TO USE AND GET THIS MELODY OUT OF MY HEAD INTO A TANGIBLE STATE IN THE PRE-PRODUCTION STAGE.
HOW MANY DIFFERENT INSTRUMENTS WERE USED ON THE TRACK?
WELL INSTRUMENTS IS AN EASY ONE TO LIST… GUITARS , PIANO, DRUMS AND SOME SYNTHS. BUT IT’S THE LAYERING OF THOSE ELEMENTS AND THE TREATMENT OF EACH ELEMENT THAT GIVES SUCH A VAST LANDSCAPE TO THE SOUND. ON TOP OF THESE INSTRUMENTS, I LOVE THE ELEMENT OF SOUNDSCAPE S, SO ADDING IN THOSE ATMOSPHERIC SOUNDS LIKE FOOT STEPS AND CRICKETS IS THERE TO REALLY HELP SET THE TONE OF A FEELING AND SURROUNDING SPACE FOR THE LISTENER TO BE TAKEN SOMEWHERE ELSE.
YOUR PRESS SHOT DOESN’T SHOW YOUR FACE. WHEN IS THE BIG REVEAL?
ULTIMATELY I JUST DON’T THINK WHO I AM IS IMPORTANT HAHA! I JUST WANT TO CREATE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC THAT BRINGS INSPIRATION AND MOMENTS OF WONDER INTO THE LISTENERS’ LIFE.
HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE THE ‘GENRE’ OF YOUR MUSIC?
I THINK ‘CINEMATIC POST ROCK’ IS PROBABLY THE MOST ACCURATE DESCRIPTION.
YOU LIST ICELANDIC LEGENDS SIGUR ROS AS AN INSPIRATION. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THEM?
PERSONALLY I JUST LOVE THE WAY JÓNSI CREATES CINEMATIC MASTERPIECES, AND THE FEELING OF CLOSING YOUR EYES WHILST LISTENING TO MUSIC THAT INSIGHTS VISUALS FROM SOUND IS PRETTY AMAZING.
WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN ARTIST AT THE MOMENT?
I’M REALLY LOVING TOM DAY AT THE MOMENT. HIS MUSIC IS SO DIFFERENT AND THE PRODUCTION AESTHETIC IS FIRST CLASS!
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING WITH YOUR COVID DOWN-TIME?
WORKING ON AND COMPLETING MY UPCOMING EP. IT’S BEEN A JOURNEY.
WHAT’S THE PLAN FOR 2021?
KEEP WORKING TOWARDS MY DEBUT ALBUM. PLENTY MORE SONGS IN THE BAG!
Montear Dear Earth (Single)
Independent 25TH SEPTEMBER, 2020
Brisbane’s Montear has had an impressive debut with Dear Earth.
Widely influenced by instrumental powerhouses Sigur Rós and Explosions In The Sky, as well as Lights and Motion and U137, the track presents a lush soundscape that is more than capable of moving you out of this atmosphere.
It’s three minutes in before any words are presented, but believe us when we say it’s not missed. Crunching footsteps and the sound of crickets blend with richly textured guitars, piano, drums and synths; impressively created. Conceptually, Montear found inspiration in his unique, human experience and search for happiness, without taking too much from his loved ones. Ethereal tones bring the message to life: “It’s there if you look for it, you take more than you can give.” It’s gentle and adds that extra bit of body to an already robust track.
Dear Earth is exactly the track you’d find in a Hollywood epic, soundtracking the hero as they move on to their next, big journey.
Despite keeping his identity a secret the post-rocker has made no bones about his passion for film and soundtracks, and his long-term dream of having his music featured on them. His energy is palpable, and the influence both have had is clear through the cinematic threads running through the track itself. Dear Earth is exactly the track you’d find in a Hollywood epic, soundtracking the hero as they move on to their next, big journey. It is a stunning piece of work, and a definite sign that we should all be watching what Montear does next.
STICK THIS NEXT TO: Sigur Rós, Explosions In The Sky, Lights and Motion.
A brilliant Australian multi-instrumental composer, his atmospheric ambient style overflows with feelings capable of projecting himself to the edge of existential ecstasy, his melody is very well structured with harmonious and detailed textures, with a fantastic cadence and a unique harmony that touches each musical note. Congratulations on the great, that this year brings you a lot of success and creativity, big hug Aryon Maiden.