Gordi’s Debut Album, Reservoir, will be released on August 25th via Jagjaguwar
Australian musician Sophie Payten, aka Gordi, has some big things in store already, and her musical career has only just gotten started. Today, Gordi has announced her debut album via Jagjaguwar, and shared a spectacular new single, “Heaven I Know” to celebrate the announcement. Check out the lyric video above.
Hailing from the small farming town of Canowindra in SE Australia, Gordi’s first dip into the songwriting pond came as an adolescent, writing songs about experiences and relationships she was yet to experience (admittedly taking inspiration from One Tree Hill). As she grew older, Gordi’s songs became uniquely personal, and her music has developed into an eclectic blend of folk and electronica. “I often find that writing about platonic relationships can be a great deal more powerful than about romantic ones,” she states.
Regarding the album title, Gordi states, “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 has always been and will remain my therapy, my process and my way of communicating.”
Near the end of last year, Gordi performed backup vocals for labelmate Bon Iver when the group performed “8 (circle)” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She caught the ear of the band before performing with them, and would eventually provide an a cappella version of their song “00000 Million”, which can be heard here. Gordi has also toured along side The Tallest Man on Earth, Local Natives, Of Monsters and Men, Asgeir, and Highasakite.
“Heaven I Know” is one hell of an opening statement. Gordi’s “leftfield pop” is not only likely to live in your ear, but stretch your mind’s eye as to what pop music can be.
1. Long Way
2. All The Light We Cannot See
3. On My Side
4. Bitter End
5. Heaven I Know
6. I’m Done (feat. S Carey)
9. Can We Work It Out
10. Better Than Then, Closer To Now
11. Something Like This