Not a Moment Too Soon is the one-man-band-alter-ego of tenured political science professor and Africanist Pierre Englebert. The project began in 2019 as a tongue-in-cheek reflection of the late age (he just turned 59) at which he started the musical project.
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. Direct references to old-style Queen can often be found. Examples include the musical mannerism of “A Manly Man I Am” or “Scarlett, We Need to Talk” and the baroque Sparks style in the concise (16 seconds) “Long Story Short.” The influence of bands like Squeeze can be heard in rock-ballad songs like “Self-Pity Party.” For the punchier rock pieces, there are influences of Cheap Trick, Sweet, and XTC.