“elegantly arranged pop music full of sophisticated chord changes and voicings… sinewy vocal melodies, complex arrangements and interestingly layered production choices.” —The Claremont Courier

CLAREMONT, California (October 13, 2021) – Not a Moment Too Soon releases the single, “In the Zoom Breakout Room” on October 27. It’s off the album Wait, What? due out November 12. The fast-paced power-pop song follows the story of a young man and woman who fall in love after meeting in a Zoom breakout room. They become a couple in real life as the “doom and gloom” period of the pandemic passes. 

The cheerful song melodically conveys optimism in the resilience of love and life. Not a Moment Too Soon says, “We just went through this long pandemic period when our lives were largely on Zoom. As a professor, I taught for three semesters on Zoom and only saw my students in these little box windows. In one class there was a couple–they had their own screens but they were living together and at times she would show up on his screen and vice versa. It gave me the idea of a song in which a couple meets through Zoom, in the breakout room, and falls in love”

The album encompasses a pop culture kaleidoscope of topics told with light-hearted wit and power-pop punch.  A fast-paced power-pop piece, “In the Zoom Breakout Room” follows a couple who first met in a Zoom breakout room during the pandemic. There’s the dreamt-up affair with Scarlett Johansson on “Scarlett, We Need to Talk.”  “A Manly Man I Am” touches on LGBTQ issues and sexual identity when a man who thinks himself manly and initially frowns upon people with more fluid sexualities finds himself falling in love with a trans person. A parody tribute, “SuperFloyd” is a slow song with chords and keyboards that evoke both Pink Floyd and Supertramp and lyrics that make fun of the drug-infused and free-love lifestyles of the 70s.

Wait, What? Track Listing

  1. Scarlett, We Need to Talk
  2. When the Feces Hit the Fan
  3. A Manly Man I Am
  4. In the Zoom Break-Out Room
  5. SuperFloyd
  6. Long Story Short
  7. Dating after 50 (feat. Alice Ronin)
  8. A Sword over Your Head
  9. Yo Boy!
  10. Claremont, California
  11. God, I Need a Drink!
  12. Virgin No More

About Not a Moment Too Soon

Not a Moment Too Soon is the one-man-band-alter-ego of tenured political science professor and Africanist Pierre Englebert. The musical project began in 2019, with the name a tongue-in-cheek reflection of the late age (he just turned 59) at which he got started. Influences range from 1970s rock to classical to French pop, with power-pop punch and rock-like rhythms taking precedence. Not a Moment Too Soon tells stories with a non-judgmental lighthearted touch on heavy social commentary (race relations, guns, economic vulnerability, sex work). The songs, often funny stories, also convey emotions like love, sorrow, and loss. The man behind Not a Moment Too Soon combines his music project with a productive academic career in political science (African politics, development studies, and quantitative methods). He is a full-time tenured professor with an endowed chair who has published five books and a few dozen articles on African politics. He just published a book on Congolese politics between his last album, Well, and the upcoming album release, Wait, What?.

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Praise for Not a Moment Too Soon

“How to Become a One-Man Band: To understand how Professor of Politics Pierre Englebert became a veritable one-man rock band, step briefly into his musical shoes.”

— By Mark Wood for Pomona College Magazine; March 23, 2021

‘A new musical life’: Pomona professor Pierre Englebert offers humor and personal stories in new album

— By Hava Chishti for The Student Life (TSL); October 15, 2020