“Sweltering heat, no air conditioning and jet-lagged – these were the conditions from which All The Light We Cannot See arose” – Gordi

Gordi shares with us, ‘All The Light We Cannot See’, the new single from her acclaimed debut LP Reservoir.

Written in the LA’s Los Feliz area and produced by Gordi and Tim Anderson (Solange, Banks, Halsey), the track is a striking moment on the album. Gordi’s renowned layered vocals rise above a synthesis of energetic percussion and atmospheric strings. The enchanting ‘breakdown section’ evolved by accident according to Gordi, who had, “jumped on a Wurlitzer to jam out a riff I had stuck in my head”. Anderson then sampled the sounds to create the perfect bridge back into the final chorus. The track’s sonic splendour is contrasted by the lyrics, which come from a place of frustration, Gordi says. “It’s a frustrated and hopeless song, at the core of it is anger and resentment. It’s about the things that stop you from living the way you want to, and about how something can be completely disregarded simply because it is poorly understood.”

Know you think you know me better
Standing where you are
But I have tried to tell you I don’t where you are
Do you feel bigger
Do you feel better now
Because I don’t feel better now

Since Reservoir’s release in August, Gordi aka Sophie Payten has undertaken a national tour with Gang Of Youths, as well as completed the final exams for her 6-year medical degree. This week Gordi performed a stirring re-work of Linkin Park’s ‘In The End’ for triple j’s Like A Version. Gordi was a huge fan of Linkin Park growing up, the lyrics still embedded in her memory. She seeks to pay homage to the late Chester Bennington and also bring recognition to World Mental Health Day on October 10th.

Gordi’s busy touring schedule returns this month with an extensive run of European dates with Icelandic artist, Asgeir whom she supported in Melbourne and Sydney earlier this year. She’ll also be playing headline shows throughout the UK, and has just announced a brief run of US dates too, including supporting Metronomy at Brooklyn Steel in New York. Gordi’s awaited return to local stages isn’t too far away. In November/December the sounds of Reservoir will be bought to life in Australia. triple j proudly present the album tour that opens in Melbourne on Nov 25.

The rogue individualism of Reservoir has taken the world by storm. It was the feature album on triple j the week of release and has received high praise by trusted tastemakers online and in print. ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ follows on from past singles ‘On My Side’ and ‘Heaven I Know’ which both reached rotation on triple j and FBi. They’ve also featured on a plethora of huge global playlists on Spotify and Apple Music, collecting over 2.1 million streams.

Reservoir is out now through Liberation Records / Jagjaguwar.


Incomparable, near-elemental ability to summon sounds from the ether and whip them into heartrending works of beauty – Stereogum

8.5/10 Its charm is undeniable – The Line Of Best Fit

Reservoir floods the listener with a grandiose ocean of melody, waves of comfort and discomfort rolling in and out – NYLON

Gordi is her own formidable talent – NPR Music

Gordi is your next favorite folktronica genius – Noisey

✭✭✭✭ A powerful debut from a driven young artist – The Music

✭✭✭✭ A textural pastiche, the album veers from polyrhythmic synths paired against warm bass lines to moments of subtle vulnerability – Rolling Stone

National Reservoir Tour Dates

Sat 25 Nov – Howler, Melbourne

Thu 30 Nov – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Sat 2 Dec 2017 – Republic Bar, Hobart

Wed 6 Dec 2017 – Mojo’s, Fremantle

Thu 7 Dec 2017 – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth

Fri 8 Dec 2017 – Ed Castle, Adelaide

Sat 9 Dec 2017 – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane

International Tour Dates

Thu 12 Oct 2017 – France, Paris @ Le Bataclan w/ Asgeir

Sat 14 Oct 2017 – Netherlands, Gronigen @ De Oosterpoort w/ Asgeir

Mon 16 Oct 2017 – United Kingdom, London @ The Roundhouse w/ Asgeir

Tue 17 Oct 2017 – United Kingdom, Liverpool @ Arts Club (Theatre) w/ Asgeir

Thu 19 Oct 2017 – Netherlands, Utrecht @ TivoliVredenburg w/ Asgeir

Fri 20 Oct 2017 – Germany, Hamburg @ Docks w/ Asgeir

Sat 21 Oct 2017 – Denmark, Copenhagen @ Koncertuset Studio 1 w/ Asgeir

Mon 23 Oct 2017 – Sweden, Stockholm @ Debaser Hornstulls Strand w/ Asgeir

Tue 24 Oct 2017 – Norway, Oslo @ Rockefeller Music Hall w/ Asgeir

Wed 01 Nov 2017 – Iceland, Reykjavik @ Iceland Airwaves: Harpa – Eldborg w/ Asgeir

Mon 06 Nov 2017 – United Kingdom, London @ Omeara

Tue 07 Nov 2017 – United Kingdom, Leeds @ Headrow House

Wed 08 Nov 2017 – United Kingdom, Manchester @ Night And Day Café

Thu 09 Nov 2017 – Ireland, Dublin @ Button Factory

Fri 10 Nov 2017 – District of Columbia, Washington @ Rock & Roll Hotel

Sat 11 Nov 2017 – Virginia, Richmond

Sun 12 Nov 2017 – North Carolina, Carrboro @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room

Mon 13 Nov 2017 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel w/ Metronomy

Tue 14 Nov 2017 – Ohio, Columbus @ Rumba Cafe

Thu 16 Nov 2017 – Spain, Barcelona @ Vida Festival

Fri 17 Nov 2017 – France, Caen @ BBC Caen w/ Asgeir

Sat 18 Nov 2017 – Belgium, Brussels @ Botanique – Orangerie w/ Asgeir

Mon 20 Nov 2017 – Germany, Berlin @ Huxleys w/ Asgeir

Tue 21 Nov 2017 – Germany, Leipzig @ Werk2 w/ Asgeir

Wed 22 Nov 2017 – Germany, Munich @ Theaterfabrik w/ Asgeir


Reservoir was written by Payten and co-produced alongside Tim Anderson, Ali Chant (Perfume Genius/PJ Harvey) and Alex Somers (Sigur Ros). It was recorded across studios in Reykjavik, Los Angeles, New York, Wisconsin and Sydney. |