After wowing audiences with her breathtaking debut single and video Greenhouse in 2020, Montana Sharp is back with her magnificent follow up single Power – a layered theatrical pop track about the pros and cons of wielding emotional power as a woman in a romantic relationship, released today – May 7. Once again collaborating with Majella Productions (Maddy Jane, Julia Stone, Ecca Vandal) to create a fittingly epic music video to accompany the enormous song Power, this spectacle was inspired by the one and only Queen of Hearts from Alice In Wonderland. And you had better believe the hype, Sharp celebrated the release with a completely sold out show at the Wesley Anne in Melbourne lastnight.
Power is not quite the empowering song you might think it is upon first listen – and this nuance is Sharp’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 sees that powerhouse voice soar to new heights. Speaking on the inspiration behind this intriguing song, Sharp offers some deep insight, saying, “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 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.”
The video clip for Power is nothing short of spectacular. Set in the world of Alice In Wonderland with Sharp cast as the Queen of Hearts, the video is dark, moving, vibrant and more than a little unsettling. It’s the perfect reflection of this complicated song; of reclaiming a power dynamic in a relationship, for better or worse. Reflecting on the making of the clip, Sharp explains, “I’ve worked with Majella before on the video for my song Greenhouse, and I loved how I presented them with a concept and they one-upped my idea by a mile. I had an idea of a superhero WonderWoman vibe, and they took that and came up with the Queen of Hearts/maze idea to represent the story behind the song. Although I don’t have anywhere near that many ex boyfriends – and in my view I’m way too weird to pull off the ‘hot heartbreaker’ vibe, I absolutely loved how they brought the story to life!”
With a background in classical piano since early childhood and studying pop voice at Monash University, this highly trained, highly skilled musician has managed to marry complex chord structures and motifs found in classical music with modern pop songwriting conventions – resulting in utterly brilliant, captivating songs that are so uniquely Montana Sharp. And as a busy session musician by day with her work for others topping AMRAP charts, it’s now time to shine a light on Montana Sharp the solo artist.
Power is out today, May 7.