Written By: Kayleigh King
Originality: (5 / 5) Vocals/Flow: (4.5 / 5) Lyrics: (4 / 5) Production: (4.5 / 5) Average: (4.5 / 5)
I love finding new artists that I haven’t heard before. I love knowing that there is more music being prepared, made and enjoyed then just the same tracks that are constantly recycled on the radio until something new takes its place. Gordi is the stage name of the beautiful and talented Sophie Payten. Her music has been given the label of the genre of folktronica, and I do see where that has hailed from. And although her music has a quintessentially unique vibe to it, it is amazingly easy to listen to and in my case, keep listening to.
I always seem to be able to easily choose a favorite track from any album. In this case it was slightly more difficult. Each track from this album has been beautifully produced and although each track is discernibly different from each other, they all have the same sense of familiarity about them. ‘Bitter End’ is a stunning track with a haunting sense of care that is beautifully performed. The track is fantastic, as is obvious from the first strains of its introduction. The effect of this song is magnified exponentially if you watch the video.
‘Can We Work It Out’ is another stellar offering, and actually a song I was already familiar with even though I wasn’t aware of who the artist was. I love the music and how it strongly folds in with the flow of the vocals, the strong beat accentuating the strong, almost raspy voice of Gordi that always manages to flow right through you.
If I had to pick a favorite track, or a track that stands out, I would have to choose ‘Heaven I Know’. The song is brilliantly well crafted and produced. The simple instrumentally perfectly supports a strong yet gentle vocal performance. The track begins with a whispered repeated vocal backing, it is simple yet stunning and you have to hear the track to believe how this simple feature elevates an already beautiful piece of music.
Reservoir is the debut album offering from Gordi, following an EP release last year. I thoroughly enjoyed this album and I have found myself going back to her previous tracks so I can hear more from Gordi. Each song is full of emotion and passion, and hits you right in your core. Nothing here is a sugary watered-down version of a message that needs to be spoon fed. It is beautiful music. Pure and simple. Reservoir is available now.