Today Gordi is thrilled to reveal “Buried City”, a one-of-a-kind immersive 3D live album experience featuring performances in 360-degree interactive format.
Filmed at Melbourne’s beautifully restored and multifaceted Le Bon Ton venue during quarantine closure, and re-rendered in 3D for the immersive experience, Gordi worked with award-winning video director and game engine designer, Melbourne-based South African creative, Michael Beets. Beets (who also directed Gordi’s “Bitter End” 360 video in 2017) has devised a self-contained world built across eight 3D rooms and four 360-degree performance spaces and mapped 2D projections. The experience features bespoke sound design by Gordi as well as a raft of hidden sound bytes, demo recordings, spoken word pieces and background stories to songs.
Reflecting on Buried City, Beets offers “I’m lucky to be able to work with an artist like Gordi who is willing to explore new ways of immersing audiences into musical experiences. Her music is so full of emotion and packed with imagery, that I thought it would be compelling to immerse audiences into that world. As we increasingly embrace virtual worlds, I think albums can become these beautiful and intimate visual experiences.”
The experience features live performances of songs from Gordi’s acclaimed second album Our Two Skins. Recognising the depth, intricacy and beauty of the record, the artist from Canowindra was nominated for two J Awards – triple J Australian Album of the Year, and Double J Australian Artist of the Year. Gordi reflected on this achievement on her social media.
Topping off the nods from the national broadcaster was a nomination for an ARIA for Best Adult Contemporary Album; sharing the limelight with Australian icons like Nick Cave, Megan Washington and Archie Roach and Josh Pyke. Payten received the news shortly after finishing her medical locum shifts in Victoria during the COVID outbreak there last month. She expressed her delight online to her fans.
The 27 year old artist recently took her band on the road for a series of intimate, socially distanced shows around NSW. triple j captured one of her four sold out shows at Sydney’s The Factory Theatre for Live At The Wireless which aired on Monday night and will be replayed again this coming Sunday.
A number of shows outside NSW have also been rescheduled to February given border restrictions. The new dates are below with more to be announced soon.
Fri 5 Feb 2021 (early show/late show) | The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD *NEW DATE*
Sat 6 Feb 2021 | Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW *NEW SHOW*
Sat 20 Feb 2021 | Altar, Hobart, TAS *NEW SHOW* More announced soon
+ WITH BON IVER – 2021
Wednesday 24 March | RAC Arena, Perth
Monday 29 March | Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Saturday 27 March | AEC Arena, Adelaide
Thursday 1 April | Riverstage, Brisbane
Monday 5 April | First State Super Theatre, Sydney
Tuesday 6 April | First State Super Theatre, Sydney
Our Two Skins Gordi
Album out now through Liberation Records
Available to buy/stream here
Our Two Skins tracklisting:
1. Aeroplane Bathroom
6. Extraordinary Life
7. Hate The World
8. Look Like You
10. Free Association