Sydney’s Gordi (Sophie Payten) mesmerized us all at CMJ last fall. She writes big, spine-tingling pop that still feels as intimate as a walk deep into the woods with a partner. Her songs keep one foot in traditional songwriting and the other in the future. Gordi’s musical instincts began on the ivories at an early age by virtue of her piano teacher mother. Like so many of her musical heroes, she was later drawn to the earthiness of the steel string – a useful piece of armory to have growing up on a farming property in Canowindra in rural New South Wales. But the craft in her songwriting is found partly in the emotional spectrum that her tracks span – from wistful aching to spirited celebration, her lyrical journeys take us places in our memories and imaginations that belie her 22 years. The candor in Gordi’s songs is matched by a vocal tone that is at once fractured and brimming with richness. Combining vintage vocal layering and earthy guitar textures with delicate modern electronic production, Gordi’s sonic palette is one she can call her own.
Ahead of her forthcoming EP for Jagjaguwar, we’re sharing her off-the-cuff cover of fellow Aussie Courtney Barnett’s “Avant Gardener.” Accompanying her voice with just a piano, Gordi gorgeously slows and stretches the song out, giving one a new appreciation for Barnett’s incredible lyrics. Gordi will be in the Northern Hemisphere in May for a performance at Washington’s Sasquatch! Music Festival.
GORDI TOUR DATES:
Thu. Apr. 28 – Brisbane, AU @ The Tivoli (w/ Of Monsters And Men)
Fri. Apr. 29 – Brisbane, AU @ The Tivoli (w/ Of Monsters And Men)
Wed. May 4 – Melbourne, AU @ Palais Theatre (w/ Of Monsters And Men)
Thu. May 5 – Melbourne, AU @ Palais Theatre (w/ Of Monsters And Men)
Sun. May 22 – Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s (w/ Highasakite)
Mon. May 23 – Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute (w/ Highasakite)
Tue. May 24 – London, UK @ Village Underground (w/ Highasakite)
Fri. May 27-Mon. May 30 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival