Gordi Announces Debut Album Details.

Gordi Announces Debut Album Details.




Listen to Heaven I Know here

Young Australian musician Gordi is very pleased to announce full details of her debut album for release this Summer.

Reservoir will be released on the 25th August through Jagjaguwar. The album was written by Gordi and co-produced alongside Tim Anderson (Solange/Banks), Ali Chant (Perfume Genius/PJ Harvey) and Alex Somers (Sigur Ros). It was recorded in Wisconsin, Reykjavik, Los Angeles, New York, and Sydney.


To coincide with the announcement, a new single, Heaven I Know is streaming now. It was one of two tracks on the LP produced solely by herself.


Gordi is the moniker of Sophie Payten, who grew up in the tiny Australian farming town of Canowindra. Her story, which has only truly just begun has already taken Gordi from this remotest of rural outposts to performing alongside her new friends and collaborators Bon Iver on US television, and now clutching this remarkable debut collection of shimmering leftfield pop songs.


Gordi’s first foray into songwriting came in the form of performances at her school’s weekly assembly. She’d tell her friends they were written by other artists to ensure they gave honest feedback – though given she was pulling lines from One Tree Hill for lyrics about experiences she was yet to actually have, that feedback wasn’t always glowing. It wasn’t until she started writing about what was happening around her, the friendships she was building and, as is inevitable in the tumult of growing up, breaking, that the chrysalis of the music she’s making now – a brooding, multi-layered blend of electronica and folk, with lyrics that tend to avoid well-trodden paths – began to form. “I often find that writing about platonic relationships,” she says, “can be a great deal more powerful than writing about romantic ones.”


“The name Reservoir, it’s that thing that you can’t describe, that space that anxious people would probably live their life in. It’s actually an expression my friend and I use. If I’m really down one day, I’ll say, ‘Oh I’m a bit in the reservoir today’. You’re mulling everything over, and you’re sitting in all these thoughts and feelings. In order to be able to write a song I need to go to that place, but I couldn’t live a functional life if I spent all my time in there.”


Writing music, in fact, is the way Gordi lifts herself out of the Reservoir. “Writing music has always been and will remain my therapy, my process and my way of communicating,” she explains. “I don’t write songs by someone else’s prescription, I write to fill my own need. I get this tightness in my chest, and nothing will make it go away other than trying to write lyrics or sitting down at a piano and playing it, and it’s like a medicine. If I have a good session of that, then that tightness and that weight just totally lifts. It just centres me, and gets the things that are riddled through my mind out on paper. And then I can leave them there.”


Gordi’s voice and her music very quickly caught the attention of her label-mates Bon Iver who asked her to perform backing vocals for them during their performance of 8 (Circle) on the Jimmy Fallon US tv show at the tail end of last year. Gordi returned the favour with a quite breathtaking acapella cover of 00000 Million which you can listen to here.


As an opening statement, Reservoir is a compelling listen, exploring leftfield rhythms and textures, but crucially, at its very heart is melody in abundance.


Reservoir follows the Spring release of Gordi’s debut EP, Clever Disguise.


Watch the video to album track Can We Work It Out here: https://youtu.be/oI9s6RPssEo


Tracklisting: Long Way / All The Light We Cannot See / On My Side / Bitter End / Heaven I Know / I’m Done (feat. S Carey) / Myriad / Aeon / Can We Work It Out / Better Than Then, Closer to Now / Something Like This


Pre-Order or Pre-Save the album here:



Gordi Live:

12th June – St Pancras Old Church, London, UK SOLD OUT

15th June – Bergenfest, Bergen, NO

20th June – Annie O Music Series @ The Standard, NY

21st June – The Bishop, Bloomington, IN

24th June – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland (w/ Pickwick), OR

27th June – Hotel Café, Los Angeles, CA

6th July – Giant Dwarf Theatre, Sydney AU

7th July – Thousand Pound Bend, Melbourne, AU

21st July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (w/ Asgeir)

24th July – The Forum, Melbourne (w/ Asgeir)

25th July – Astor Theatre, Perth (w/ Asgeir)

5th August – Osheaga Festival, Montreal, Canada

6th August – The Drake, Toronto, Canada

7th August – Great Scott, Allston, MA

9th August – Baby’s All Right, NY

10th August – Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA

11th August – Songbyrd, Washington, DC

12th August – Schubas, Chicago, IL

14th August – Barboza, Seattle, WA

15th August – Café du Nord, San Francisco, CA

17th August – Resident, Los Angeles, CA

2nd November – Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik

6th November – Omeara, London (New Date)



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Gordi Announces Debut Album Details.