Release Date: Aug 25, 2017
Record label: Jagjaguwar
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Opening on “Long Way”, Gordi rouses emotion in the most beautiful way as she imparts: “Just take a breath / I’ll know you’ll get there / We have such a long, long way to go. ” Simple and elegant, the song serves as the perfect introduction to Payten’s musical soundscape. “All The Light” steps it up a gear and perfectly encapsulates the feel of nostalgia and past memories are felt so clearly and distinctively on this rising and rousing track.
On the spacious “Heaven I Know,” indiepop/folktronica singer Gordi creates her own ritual chant – a varied, breathless count of “123,” that guides her as she faces a breakup with a friend. Her striking contralto tenor pushes up against mournful, yet triumphant horns and drums, resulting in a measured peacefulness found throughout her debut, Reservoir. Gordi’s brooding, deeply feminine and emotionally heavy voice is a refuge and a solace in the album – an iron anchor in a sea of doubts. Gordi, also known as Sophie Payten, hails from a rural farm called Alfalfa in Canowindra, South Wales, Australia.
Growing up in the rural town of Canowindra, Australia, Sophie Payten (AKA Gordi) came to love the beautiful vastness of her home. However, spending her schooling at boarding schools and living in busy dorm rooms instilled a need to appreciate intimate spaces where she introspectively turned to guitar and pen. These two settings from Gordi.