Why Wynter Gordon isn’t a bigger star is something that baffles us and keeps us awake some nights. Her Human Condition EPs were an incredible blend of pop and R&B, channeling the best of what she can do on tracks like Waiting, Bad Thing, TKO, hell pretty much all of it.
Little did we know that her best was nowhere near present on those EPs. “But my best… it hurts,” she sings on the opening track, and we believe her. Five Needle seems like an EP borne of false starts and disappointments and, kicking off with a song called Bleeding Out, a hell of a lot of hurt.
The way Gordon balances melody while maintaining such deft control of that voice (a Florence-esque powerhouse on closing track Against The Time, which channels a bit of her old track Stimela) is plain remarkable. Five Needle delivers five distinct flavours, from the opening ballad to the piano-driven dark-pop of Home, to the wistful acoustica of Higher. There isn’t a single bad track here, and it’s high-time Gordon became a star to rival any chart-topping act. Basically? Buy this. Buy this now.
Five Needle by Wynter Gordon can be ordered here.