Nicola Lester

Nicola Lester

 Brunswick, Victoria, AUS
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Nicola Lester is a Melbourne based singer/songwriter. Her debut album, Colours was released in Nov 2009. It has received rave reviews and much airplay around the country. Nicola's music is piano based indie/folk. Her melodies are catchy, her stories winsome and her voice bewitching.

Biography

NICOLA LESTER
COLOURS

Colours is the debut lp of Melbourne native Nicola Lester. Lester’s rich, breathy voice and accomplished song writing belie the fact that she came to music relatively late in life. A politics and economics graduate, at 25, having never played an instrument before, but having a head full of songs and melodies, Lester taught herself piano and tricked her way into a music school to study composition. Before graduating, she co wrote the score to the short film Cracker Bag, which went on to win Best Short Film at Cannes.
When school was out, Lester started her own jingle-writing business, putting her natural affinity for melody to work, penning tunes for brands such as Michelin, Bonds, and Portmans. Then something unexpected happened: people fell in love with the songs. They started asking where they could buy this bewitching music, and why its creator didn’t have an album. Enter Level Two Music, who encouraged Lester to lay down the songs that became Colours.
A beautifully full, emotionally honest collection of songs, Colours weaves a tapestry out of a diverse set of experiences and feelings, including Lester’s work with women in the juvenile justice system. Colours’ mostly piano-led songs give ample space to Lester’s spellbinding, nimble pipes, and her tales of healing, nurturing and becoming human, its power in its deceptive simplicity and delicate, winsome melodies. Featuring Libby Chow (Clare Bowditch and the Feeding Set), Gray Taylor (Flying Scribble) and Myles Wooton (The Panics), Colours was recorded and mixed by Matt Calia and Matt Voight (Cat Power, Augie March) and is out now through Level Two.

Lyrics

Autumn Glow

Written By: Nicola Lester

Autumn glow

You’re the kind of love I’m gonna have to hold
With arms open like they’re gonna let go
You’re the kind of love I’m gonna have to know
Cause words are useless to a restless soul

Oh will you be like an autumn leaf
Shed some light on the things beneath
Your skin
And like a fire in the snow
We will start an autumn glow
And like a fire in the snow
We will light each others soul

Oh I do believe, I do believe
I do believe in you
Oh I do believe, I do believe
There’s room enough for two
In these hearts tonight

Like ships were passing in the night
Oh I hope we’re not going to miss this life
Chasing mortar and catching dreams
Stealing moments from the things
We think we need

Oh I do believe etc

Just let this light wrap around
Your palm until the dawn breaks
Just let this fight come undone
Until these feelings break

Cause I do believe, I do believe
I do believe in you
Oh I do believe, I do believe
There’ s room enough for two.

Colours

Written By: Nicola Lester

Colours

Well it’s the colours that make us
Well it’s the colours that break us
Well it’s the colours that smooth the wood
Well it’s the colours that make the bad things good

So hush little one, don’t you hide
Cause I’d wrap you in cotton wool if I could just keep things fine

But it’s the colours that make us
It’s the colours that break us
It’s the colours that smooth the wood
It’s the colours that make the bad things good

And even the fool must its time
And even the king must have his time
Oh we all must have our time

Cause it’s the colours……….

So hi di hi di hi di hi di hey
You can pack them bags or you can learn to sit and stay
So hi di hi di hi di hi
You can hold this bird or you can let it learn to fly

Cause it’s the colours………….

Discography

Debut L.P :Colours
Released in November 2009
Radio airplay high rotation for three tracks, plus irregular spins of most tracks on the album.

Single: Colours November 2009

Single Autumn Glow 2010

New L.P on the way

Set List

All we dreamed
Autumn Glow
Colours
Pirate
Human beings
Silver and gold
Turn it over
Big Fish
This love
Dont stop believing
Be
Plus new material from upcoming album
All original music. No covers