Meet 20-year-old E^ST aka Mel Bester. She just dropped her new EP ‘Life Ain’t Always Roses’. The seven-track collection features E^ST’s widely-lauded tracks ‘Blowjob’, ‘I Don’t Lack Imagination’ and ‘Alien’, as well as her new single ‘Friends’.
The song is slow to progress but has an elegant minimalism to it. The hook then takes it up a notch with the introduction of an arp and baseline that’ll get your head bobbing. Her harmonies are pleasant and the brutally honest lyrics really make this a personable record. She effortlessly transitions from her mid-range to falsetto tone while keeping emotion in her tone throughout.
E^ST worked with Australian luminaries M-Phazes, Dann Hume and Japanese Wallpaper on the production of the EP, which brims with charisma and irresistible pop hooks.
She says: “Some of these songs were fun to write, others were difficult, some took a lot of thought and others none at all. But at the core, every song is super honest and I feel relieved to have written them.”
The importance of this core value to E^ST is earning her a loyal fanbase. After starting the year with a placing in triple j’s Hottest 100, E^ST secured an international record deal with the legendary Fueled By Ramen label (going through Parlophone in the UK) and played two mammoth support slots joining Panic! At The Disco and Amy Shark on their Australian tours. She will round out the year by embarking upon her ‘Life Ain’t Always Roses’ tour, which will hit venues in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Sydney.