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CD LESTER THE FIERCE EP REVIEW

LESTER THE FIERCE

EP

2013

 

 

SONGS ABOUT LOVE, SEX AND DEATH

 

 

When someone first sent me ‘Howl’ by Lester the Fierce two thoughts struck me almost immediately, the first was that it was very cinematic in its sound and construction and the second was that name could only be a character from a children’s story. When I found out that Lester’s EP had been produced by film score producer Jonathan Dreyfus and that ‘Lester the Fierce’ was indeed the alter-ego of Anita Lester and the hero of a children’s story I knew I had to hear the EP.

 

Opening with the single ‘Howl’, and here you have to check out the wonderful video on YouTube, the EP is a very engaging and articulate slab of pop rock. There are some obvious influences – like the big guns of 90’s female-fronted bands – ‘Garbage’ and ‘Hole’ but there’s also that feeling of artiness that can so easily be off-putting or pretentious but isn’t at all here. What I feel let’s Lester get away with almost anything is a terrifying combination of playfulness and conviction.

 

‘Howl’ as I said sounds like a song from a movie, maybe a Bond film, and maybe one where Lester is the Super Villain? It’s sweeping in scope and grand in scale, with fairy tale lyrics – it’s a little like that one Garbage did, or maybe a slowed down version of the one Duran Duran did. It’s a great song that’s augmented by a great video.

 

I like one word song titles they’re far more mysterious than multi-word titles and this EP adds four more – from the charmingly chiming ‘Bird’ which has something of latter day Blondie about it; to the fresh and slightly quirky ‘Colours’.

 

Now don’t get me wrong this EP is clearly ‘Pop’ in every aspect, but it seems such a shame to add a label to what really is just a collection of beautiful, and quite haunting songs. Even the opening Hawaiian guitar of ‘January’ seems somehow right set against a gently bubbling ‘Volcano’ which closes.

 

This is music anyone could fall gently in love to. 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD LESTER THE FIERCE EP REVIEW 2013