Anita Lester
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Anita Lester

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | INDIE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2016
Solo Alternative Art Rock


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The Summer Deluge EP - 2011
Lester The Fierce EP - 2013



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.

After a short break from music pursuing her other passion and job as a children's book illustrator (which she still continues to do), she decided to record her debut solo EP 'the summer deluge' with Colin Leadbetter (Whitley, Dirt Farmer).

On the back of her stunning first release, LTF decide to try her luck in America, leaving with a single 'colours' (which music video was also animated by Anita).

When in America it quickly attracted interest from international labels. In mid 2012 LTF was picked up by an indie label in NYC and caught the eye of the infamous Kevin Agunus (responsible for Edward Sharp and The Magnetic Zeros, Gotye and Cold War kids to name a few). He quickly brought her to Sound City Studios with intention to record LTFs debut album.

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.