Creator of flawless dance-pop, Wynter Gordon has just announced plans to embark on a inspiring new project. The 26-year-old singer songwriter, who is currently signed to Atlantic/Big Beat, is prepping a self-released collection of four FREE EPs called, The Human Condition. This comes exactly a year after releasing her debut With The Music I Die, Wynter revealed to Billboard that she’ll be taking a short break from her official releases to concentrate on the new project. The first EP is titled, Doleo (Latin for “pain”), and will be released July 9 via her official website. Now if you were beginning to worry about her musical direction, stop right now. The lead single “Stimela” is an absolutely stunning slice of pop from a completely different soundscape. Think the very tranquil sound of The Weeknd meets the tribal anthemic feel of a Florence + The Machine track, the song bleeds with emotion above simplistic drum patterns and slightly euphoric electronica. Simply breathtaking!
“Each EP will explore a different emotion (look for “love and lust” next) and sees Gordon exploring all sorts of genres that go beyond her dance-pop niche, with all the songs written by Gordon. “Doleo”‘s lead single “Stimela”, for example, was inspired by Hugh Masekala’s anti-apartheid song of the same name and features a chorus sung in Zulu and African-pop production reminiscent of early-80s Genesis and solo Phil Collins. Elsewhere, Gordon explores rock, trip-hop and what she calls “down-south hip hop and Celtic, classical music” that delves into deeper thematic material than the bubbly dance cuts for which she’s best known.
“The music I’m making now is music I’ve always made, I’ve just never been able to release it on a label,” Gordon tells Billboard. “I was growing into this person I am now, and I had to make the music that felt right and was passionate about. I didn’t feel like I was singing everything I wanted to sing, doing dance music and pop music. I wanted to make something that felt real to me. These EPs include every genre of music I like. I really just felt like I had to by myself.” – Billboard