Melding lush electronics with gently moody acoustic songwriting, Australia's Sophie Payten -- who records under the name Gordi -- began writing her debut EP while still living in her college dorm room in Sydney.
A native of the small rural town of Canowindra, Gordi eventually relocated to Sydney for school while also immersing herself in writing and recording. With an electro-organic pop sound recalling Bon Iver
and Beth Orton
, her music career quickly began to show some promise. On the basis of singles like the sweeping "Can We Work It Out" and a unique reframing of Courtney Barnett
's "Avant Gardener," she signed a deal with American label Jagjaguwar
in late 2015. Her debut EP, Clever Disguise, was released in the U.S. in the spring of 2016. Following an a cappella cover of Bon Iver
's "00000 Million" later that year, Gordi delivered her debut full-length, Reservoir, in the summer of 2017. ~ Timothy Monger, Rovi