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"So I went to a doctor who referred me on to somebody.

I ended up having a few sessions with a psychologist and she told me, 'I have Asperger's as well.' It was really inspiring." Live shows are still a bit tricky – partly due to the syndrome, partly due to nerves – and it hasn't gone unnoticed by the music press. "It wasn't until I became a solo artist that I realised I had terrible stage fright.

Two-and-a-half years ago, she went to a doctor and got her diagnosis – much to her relief, as it "explained so much".

"When I moved to Sydney, it got to a point when I was so sick of feeling like everybody hated me," she admits.

So how is she coping with life as Ladyhawke, the next big thing in pop?

When New Zealand-born singer-songwriter Ladyhawke was beamed down into the music scene earlier this year, it was difficult not to be a little cynical.

Among other traits, the syndrome manifests itself typically in social communication difficulties and, according to the National Autistic Society, "limitations in imagination".

Hardly the stuff of showbusiness legend, and entertainers with Asperger's are few and far between: the actress Daryl Hannah (diagnosed borderline autistic in childhood) is one; Craig Nicholls, frontman of Australian rock group The Vines, is another.

"People always ask me why I call myself Ladyhawke – but why would I call myself Pip Brown? If I had a cool name like Engelbert Humperdinck, that would be OK." Ladyhawke suits her.

It's more ambitious than any of her previous projects, both in terms of the songs – which are, each and every one of them, solid gold tunes – and the influences, which teeter towards classic 1970s/1980s pop, such as ELO, Blondie, Bowie and Fleetwood Mac.

Brown is tickled by comparisons to Fleetwood Mac's resident torch singer, Stevie Nicks, but remains unconvinced.

Teenager were name-checked in the NME, somehow managed to achieve the indie-rock dream of working with two members of Sonic Youth (Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley) and then died a quick death.

"I started calling myself Ladyhawke around 2004 or 2005, just out of frustration," says Brown.

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