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  • Born

    28 December 1992 (age 28)

There are multiple artists with this name:

1. Gordi is a indie-pop singer/songwriter based in Sydney, Australia.

2. GORDI - ex-Yugoslavian rock / Heavy Metal band

Raised in the small, farming community of Canowindra in Australia’s New South Wales, amongst a minuscule population of 2381, Payten learned to play piano and guitar in her house — with Billy Joel on near-constant rotation. She left the rural life in her late-teens to pursue a medical education in Sydney alongside her musical career. The dichotomy of those environments — the pastoral and the modern — is surely a guiding influence in Gordi’s music. Earthy, wistful folk songs are cloaked in delicate-but- bold electronic production. And what an effortlessly flooring voice to carry it all, at once fractured and brimming with richness. These are songs you could hear bouncing through the alleyways of the city as much as you could hear them rolling across the fields. Fans in Payten’s native Australia have already been treated to a number of these magical musical moments courtesy of consistent rotation on triple j and FBi Radio, including nominations for a triple J J Award and 2 FBi SMAC Awards in 2015, on top of being named triple j Unearthed’s most played artist during 2015.

The single, "Can We Work It Out" has the big, worldly drums of those aforementioned Peter Gabriel classics and a towering, multi-layered vocal chorus that will instantaneously sear itself into your musical memory. The soft gallop and airy melody of EP opener “Nothing’s As It Seems” feels like the bittersweet sunset of a four-day weekend on the water. “So Here We Are”, a heartbreaking lo-fi piano and vocoder-led ballad. While the instrumentally lush “Wanting” submerges you in a joyous sonic landscape, a bold aesthetic for a tale of longing and reconciliation.

Moments in the EP may recall the early albums of Beth Orton, but more storming and redesigned for the stadiums, festivals and amphitheatres of the 21st Century. Staking that claim, Gordi is already sharing stages with contemporaries like Of Monsters And Men, Highasakite, Little May, Dustin Tebbutt and more. Clever Disguise was created with Melbourne producer Ben McCarthy with additional production by Alex Somers (Sigur Ros) and Francois Tetaz (Gotye). And if it’s merely an aperitif for what Gordi has coming up, we’re in for a magnificent show.

“An absolute work of splendour that will almost certainly make her a star"
- Stereogum (Artist to Watch; top songs of 2015)

“A song to score a daydream”
- Pigeons & Planes

“Breezy, wintry melancholy at its finest”
- The Guardian

“Our standards for indie-folk music this year have been set very high by artists like Vance Joy and Xavier Dunn, but here, we find that Gordi is still capable of surpassing our expectations with her lovely first offering, Nothing’s As It Seems”
- Hilly Dilly (Top 25 Australian songs 2014)

“What’s not to like about this”
- Stuart Murdoch, Belle & Sebastian

“Brand new label mate that is REALLY crushing music – G-O-R-D-I”
- Justin Vernon (Bon Iver)

"Gordi's most lushly atmospheric and spaciously produced work to date"
- The Line of Best Fit

"As abrasive as it is gorgeous"
- All Song Considered, NPR Music

"The smooth, low timbre of her voice feels like that still time of the morning before anyone else is awake, watching blooms of ice to melt into the window"
- Yen Magazine

“What a beauty! Smart production, sublime songwriting”
- Dom Alessio, triple j

“It is without a doubt that Gordi is charismatic individual, easily able to hold a crowd in the palm of her hand”
- Semplesize

“A musical mystic pulled from the pages of some pastoral romance.”
- Music Feeds

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