"Clever Disguise" EP (Jagjaguwar)

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There are few young songwriters the calibre of Sophie Payten. At 22 years of age, the Australian songstress, also known as Gordi, distils a broad spectrum of emotional experience into captivating, spine-tingling indie pop – a worldly vocal punctuated by wonderful arrangements.


Gordi caused a stir over 2015 and returns to further fuel anticipation around the release of her upcoming EP [Jagjaguwar]. In late 2014, Gordi – from the tiny town of Canowindra in regional Australia – turned heads with her track “Nothing’s As It Seems”, a luminous pop track which drew comparisons ranging from Angel Olsen, Asgeir, Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel and The Tallest Man On Earth. The 22 year-­old artist (Sophie Payten by birth) was quickly added to rotation on triple j and community radio around her native Australia.  Her follow up singles “Taken Blame” and “Can We Work It Out” serve as further offerings of what should be a busy 2016 for Gordi.


Break-out showcase sets and a charming live presence as well as nominations for a triple j J Award and 2 FBi Radio SMAC Awards underscore Payten’s flair as a songwriter and charisma as a performer. Wrapping up 2016, Stereogum named “Can We Work It Out” in its top tracks of the year.


After a stint writing and working in Tanzania, Gordi (pronounced with a hard ‘G’) relocated from her hometown Canowindra to Sydney to pursue her musical career. Gordi transformed the shells of demos recorded in her university dorm room in Sydney’s Newtown into dynamic and full-bodied indie-folk songs with the help of Melbourne producer Benjamin McCarthy.


Gordi’s musical instincts began on the ivory 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 armoury to have growing up on a farming property in central western 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 candour 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.