Montero is artist and musician Ben Montero.
Montero operates in the rich widescreen soft rock tradition,
updating the romantic classicism of golden era love
songs with a psychedelic pop brush. Montero’s music
evokes the extended soundscapes and textures of 70s
prog, the easy listening adult weirdness of Jimmy Webb
and Burt Bacharach, and the sports arena pounding of vintage
MOR rock – sometimes all in the space of one song.
With an emphasis on clear vocals, soaring melodies, lush
instrumentation and dreamy glam pomp, Montero ventures
into gently surreal realms of romance, yearning, and
As a visual artist, Ben’s comic-based style highlights the
universality of small human moments via a cast of furry (or
sometimes slimy) friends. His art has graced album covers,
t-shirts and posters for Mac Demarco, Ariel Pink, Kurt Vile,
Pond and others. He draws a regular comic for the Vice
New music from Montero is due later in the year on Chapter
Music, co-produced with Jay Watson of Pond/Tame
Impala and Grammy Award winning engineer Riccardo
Damian, recorded at Mark Ronson’s London studio.