New Music: Lester The Fierce ‘Howl’

Melbourne alt abstract pop artist, Lester The Fierce has announced the release of her new single, Howl lifted from her forthcoming self-titled EP due out September 13. To celebrate the new material, Lester The Fierce will be hitting the road with her band to support Ngaiire on her twelve-date Lamentations national tour set to kick off at Oxford Art Factory on September 12.

Lester The Fierce is a combination of Anita Lester and her alter ego imagined from a children’s book hero. The prolific singer songwriter manages to touch on everything in her songs from love, sex, death and the weather. Lester has been a silent fixture in the Australian music scene for years and has become known for her haunting and unmistakably unique voice.

Lead single, Howl is influenced by female driven bands of the 90s, such as Garbage & Hole and the song’s poetic lyrics speak of a frustrated love. “It’s about my family and the boy I love. It’s about the frustration you sometimes feel at the people closest to you,” explains Lester. With its penetrative bass line and immediate hook, Howl is guaranteed to swiftly hijack your attention, but watch on as its intricacies draw you in, discovering more with each listen.

The EP was recorded over five days at Hot House in Melbourne with notable film score producer Jonathan Dreyfus at the helm. Dreyfus’ filmic sensibilities fuse tastefully with Lester’s rock/pop style, masterfully bringing the songs to life. “The filmic aspect is a welcomed influence to my music and it carries through the whole EP,” says Lester. Speaking fondly of the release, she goes on to explain, “the EP feels like a spark of lust caused a fire of love. I didn’t know I needed to do it until it was done.”

Perfectly complementing the song is an equally cool, abstract film clip conceptualised and crafted by Melbourne’s Superteam Studios and Yoav Lester. The black and white clip follows a series of people falling and flying gracefully in slow motion, as an emotionally charged Lester belts out the song. 

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