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.
Describing the single, "It's been a long journey for me in this world of music and I've always been told that when you hit 35 it's kind of all over. When the world silenced and I was left with what was important, I realised there is no limitation, except for the one that you create. I'm attempting to normalise making art outside of the boundaries of a very conservative industry and showing that with growth, the best art is made."
The Australian/Israeli singer-songwriter has been described as 'Nick Cave and Mary Magdalene's love child' and her cover of 'You Want it Darker' by Leonard Cohen, praised by Leonard himself prior to his death, was picked up by film and television including 'The Walking Dead'. This led Anita to create, produce and curate the show Ladies Who Sing Leonard, which included Kate Ceberano, Katie Noonan, Deborah Conway, Gabriella Cohen, Emma Donovan and Kee'ahn.
Over the last decade and a half, Anita has quietly and gracefully established herself as a force in not only music, but visual art, literature and film.
Her last short film 'Noch Am Leben (I'm Still Alive)' was shown in over 50 festivals globally, including multiple Oscar contenders. Her paintings are irreverent, technical and striking, and she is also an accomplished poet and storyteller with her work appearing in over a dozen books.
Though there are many facets to Anita Lester's art practice, it is all grounded in a unique storytelling style that has a red thread woven throughout with links to death, sex, love, longing, slavery and spirituality.