We review the new album from Lester Prox – Life Is Just A Precious Minute
Last month saw multi-talented, Sheffield based, singer songwriter Lester Prox release his debut album, Life Is Just A Precious Minute. The album follows on from the release of the early-2022 single, ‘Fishtank’, and his 2020 EP, Crass Disco, and single, ‘Travel Card’.
The album opens with ‘Hillsborough’, a homage to the city in which Lester Prox situates, and sees him introduce himself as a talented musician. The track features simplistic, ambient, relaxing vocals that are propelled by a simplistic, yet enjoyable guitar line that is reminiscent of some iconic bedroom pop tracks.
‘What You Wear’ follows, introduced by a stand-out bassline, it sees Lester Prox then build on those ambient, lo-fi influenced vocals to build a strong track that is held together by nostalgic synth work that helps ‘What You Wear’ to become a standout number on Life Is Just A Precious Minute.
The lead single from Life Is Just A Minute comes in the form of ‘Fishtank’, a poetic number that tells the story of feeling trapped within the same place and wanting to get out. Likening that situation to be the same as being within a ‘fishtank’ is imaginative, helping the listener to build their own storyline for the track whilst also being able to see the song from Lester’s point of view. It’s clear throughout this song why it was chosen to be the album’s lead single.
‘Take Me Back’ is a moody, dark track which sees Lester Prox build upon the bass-work which was introduced with ‘What You Wear’. Quite open lyrically, ‘Take Me Back’ could be likened to the breakdown of both a relationship, or a friendship, but the instrumentation displayed here is what makes it stand out amongst its peers.
The most accessible track on the album, ‘Treat You Good’ is destined to remind the listener of early Arctic Monkeys, as Lester’s vocals swoon around a comforting drum beat that holds the song together. A real gem both lyrically and instrumentally, ‘Treat You Good’ feels as if it was made for cold, rainy days.
‘Ask Me Again’ closes Life Is Just A Precious Minute. More upbeat and optimistic than its predecessors, it’s once again the instrumentation here that really makes the song stand out. Lyrically, ‘Ask Me Again’ is poetic and catchy, partnered with a groovy, entrancing bassline to make this song feel summery – in contrast to ‘Treat You Good’.
Life Is Just A Precious Minute is a gorgeous body of work for a debut album, seeing Lester Prox insert himself greatly into Sheffield’s ever-green music scene. The album perfectly combines elements of indie, spoken word, new wave, and bedroom pop to create a confident album.