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Only a few short weeks ago Gordi shared a triple barrel of news revealing that her highly anticipated debut album Reservoir will be released on Friday 25 August via Liberation (Jagjaguwar internationally), offering the first taste of music from the album with the stunning track ‘Heaven I Know’ and word that she is returning to Australia for two special, intimate headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne ahead of supporting Asgeir on his Splendour in the Grass sideshows.

Today it is with great pleasure that we reveal the stunning clip for Gordi’s ‘Heaven I Know’. Directed by James Soldan, Sophie Payten (aka Gordi) explains the concept behind the emotive clip:

“The video communicates simply the tragedy of growing apart. There are elements and forces that will wedge themselves between two people – people that have known each other deeply, only to eventually bend and break. No matter your struggle, sometimes the storm is inevitable.”

WATCH ‘Heaven I Know’

‘Heaven I Know’ is the first sample of what is to come from Gordi’s debut full-length album Reservoir (out Friday 25 August) one of two tracks that were self-produced by the triple j J Award and FBi Radio SMAC Award nominee, and triple j Unearthed’s Most Played Artist for 2015.

Reservoir was written by the 24 year old artist from Sydney-via-Canowindra 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.

“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.” – explains Gordi.

Following the release of some of her first tracks including ‘Nothing’s As It Seems’‘Taken Blame’ and ‘Can We Work It Out’, Gordi’s voice and her music very quickly caught the attention of her labelmates Bon Iver who asked her to perform backing vocals for them during their performance of “8 (circle)“ on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at the tail end of last year. Gordi returned the favour with a breathtaking acapella cover of “00000 Million” which you can listen to here. Along with US supports for Bon Iver, she has also toured with the likes of  The Tallest Man on Earth, Highasakite, Local Natives and Of Monsters and Men.

Prior to returning to Australia next week for two intimate homecoming shows and to support Icelandic folk star Asgeir on his Splendour in the Grass sideshows, the award-winning singer-songwriter will finish up a two-month tour through Europe and the US, having played the opening night at Primavera in Barcelona, a Bon Iver curated event at Forbidden Fruit Festival in Dublin, a sold out headline show in London and a headline festival slot in a 12th century Viking hall in Bergen, Norway.

“Gordi is her own formidable talent” – NPR Music

“Gordi will surely be a force in alt-pop” – Paste Magazine

“Powerful and imbued with a rare degree of promise” – Clash Magazine

“The first peek at the Australian’s debut album is a carefully constructed emotional affair” – DIY Magazine

‘Cinematic’ – The Line of Best Fit


Tickets on sale now & available here

Thu 6 Jul | Giant Dwarf Theatre, Sydney AU (18+)
Fri 7 Jul | Thousand Pound Bend, Melbourne, AU (18+)
Fri 21 Jul | Enmore Theatre, Sydney (w/ Asgeir) (Licen. All Ages)
Mon 24 Jul | The Forum, Melbourne (w/ Asgeir) (18+)
Tue 25 Jul | Astor Theatre, Perth (w/ Asgeir) (18+)

Tue 27 Jun | KCSN Presents Hotel Café, Los Angeles, CA
Sat 5 Aug | Osheaga Festival, Montreal, Canada
Sun 6 Aug | The Drake, Toronto, Canada
Mon 7 Aug | Great Scott, Allston, MA
Wed 9 Aug | Baby’s All Right, NY
Thu 10 Aug | Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA
Fri 11 Aug | Songbyrd, Washington, DC
Sat 12 Aug | Schubas, Chicago, IL
Mon 14 Aug | Barboza, Seattle, WA
Tue 15 Aug | Café du Nord, San Francisco, CA
Thu 17 Aug | Resident, Los Angeles, CA
Thu 2 Nov | Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik, REK
Mon 6 Nov | Omeara, London, UK

Reservoir tracklist:

  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)
  7. Myriad
  8. Aeon
  9. Can We Work It Out
  10. Better Than Then, Closer to Now
  11. Something Like This

Reservoir – Gordi

Out Friday 25 August 2017 through Liberation Music

Pre-order available here

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