Less than a month after Wynter Gordon released a music video for “Still Getting Younger,” the standout track from last year’s With The Music I Die EP, the Queens-born singer-songwriter has announced a shift in focus, moving from major label dance-pop to a more varied, introspective sound via a quartet of free, self-released EPs.
“I don’t want to just do pop music that means nothing to me anymore, songs that mean nothing, that aren’t deeper, that don’t really change anyone,” Gordon tells Bullett, clearly unaware just how much “Still Getting Younger” means to be. Deeply.
At any rate, Gordon’s first entry in the DIY department — a project she’s calling The Human Condition — is the Doleo EP. “Doleo means ‘pain’ in Latin,” she tweeted. “The overall mood for this chapter was a bit sad.”
That’s certainly the case for “Stimela,” on which the combination of spare percussion and atmospheric synths recalls Phil Collins’ brooding solo work of the early ’80s. Inspired by an anti-apartheid song of the same name by South African musician Hugh Masekela and featuring a chorus sung in Zulu, “Stimela” is certainly like nothing else Gordon’s ever done (for herself or others). She also directed the song’s music video, another first.
Though Doleo only debuted a few days ago, Gordon’s already excitedly talking up the second EP, Furor, and its first single, “TKO,” illustrating how some traditional A&R guidance might help the go-it-alone artist pace things a bit better. She also promises one more music video from Doleo before moving to the next chapter of The Human Condition.
Free download of Wynter Gordon – Doleo EP via her website.