Melbourne-based multi-disciplinary artist Anita Lester has unveiled her brand-new single Sun and Moon and Stars; written in the midst of 2020, recorded to tape and produced by Australian troubadour legends Husky (Husky Gawenda, Gideon Preiss and Jules Pascoe). Premiering on Double J’s Tower of Song, Sun and Moon and Stars encapsulates the strangest of times, where the world shutting down shed light on what’s important and the sometimes-difficult decisions that were made upon inner reflection.
Anita conceived and created an evocative clip to coincide with the single, the dreamy and ethereal vision transporting you to another time and place, irrespective of it being shot from her loungeroom. Anita drops past for a quick Q&A shining some light on new single Sun and Moon and Stars.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single?
It’s been strange and a little unpredictable, just based on the world being a little that way, but all things considered, it’s always great releasing music.
Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought?
Working with another folk act (Husky), who are artists themselves… isolated in their own sound, it was different. I loved the process of being open to another point of view, so it’s been a highlight.
Sonically, how would describe your music?
My sound is very grounded in melodic folk, but I am also inspired by 90’s/00’s sad rock like Radiohead and Nick Cave. I always however, come back to allowing the story to lead the sound, so most of the time my music is fairly stripped back and full of space.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
I would say, as some people know and on a holistic level, Leonard Cohen.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
If your own music doesn’t move you, it won’t move others.
When did you discover your passion for music?
Around the age of 12 was when I knew music was my escape. I didn’t know I had a singing voice however, until I was 18, so I would say it was a slow process of discovery.
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
Not until the world opens, but wouldn’t that be lovely.
What’s next for Anita Lester?
I’m currently writing an album and have another song come out this year.
Interview By Rob Lyon