Last week, Australian Wynter Gordon fans finally got their hands on her debut album, the concise 10-track collection With the Music I Die.
It’s been a long wait for those who first noticed the singer when her sensational demo Surveillance surfaced online way back in 2007.
“I was really nervous, because how do you choose 10 songs from hundreds? I know some people have been waiting and waiting since Surveillance, and I didn’t want to disappoint them,” she told the Star Observer during her recent Australian promo blitz.
So far, she said, the reaction had been overwhelmingly positive. Fans at a Sydney in-store signing last week were particularly raucous.
“It’s been pretty full-on. I signed my first nipple. Hopefully I’ll sign something else, something bigger next time,” she laughed.
Australia is Gordon’s main focus for now — and not just professionally speaking.
“I’m hoping to find an Aussie guy,” she said. “If any straight boys are reading, I need a steady piece!”
We delivered Gordon her first number one single, Dirty Talk. The song underperformed on release in the UK, largely because Britain’s stricter censorship laws meant it very rarely got played on the radio.
“They wanted me to change it to Flirty Talk, which defeats the purpose. ‘Love it when you talk, flirty flirty talk’ — I thought, they might as well not play it,” she shrugged.
So for now, Gordon is Australia’s dirty little secret. The love goes both ways, with Aussie fingerprints all over her album: Melbourne songwriting sisters Nervo penned the sultry Drunk on Your Love, while the throbbing heart of the record is Still Getting Younger, a soaring dance ballad (think Kylie’s The One) Gordon wrote with PNAU frontman Nick Littlemore.
“It’s going to be the fourth single. That song saved me, really — I was so disappointed with how my career was going and I was ready to give up two years ago when I went to write it.
“Nick told me, ‘Forget about everybody else. Forget about what your label thinks, or what your fans say. Just write what you feel’. That was such a freeing moment for me.”
Before Still Getting Younger, she’ll release her third single, a tongue-in-cheek number called Buy My Love.
“I’m already prepared to get flak for it — people will think I’m inciting women to be gold diggers. It’s a fun song. I say, ‘You can’t buy my love — but you can try’.
“Honestly, what girl — what guy — doesn’t want that? Be truthful!”
It seems destined to follow Dirty Talk as another gay dancefloor anthem. Perhaps a return visit to Mardi Gras next year is in order?
“Mardi Gras was chaos, and I love chaos. It was just a free night. I was running around the street with my friends in my own costume. It was like Halloween and Christmas combined,” she gushed.
And if she does return, there might just be another Gordon in tow.
“My little brother is 16 and he just came out to me. He’s my heart, my best friend. I take him to all my shows. I don’t tell my mom, but he skips school to hang out with me a lot.”
info: With the Music I Die (Warner) out now.