The folktronica artist, Sophie Payten, who records as Gordi, talks about releasing her new album Our Two Skins in the throws of 2020, her new song ‘Unready’ and the turbulent year we’ve been living through.
‘I'm just doing my best, like everyone else to maintain an emotional equilibrium.”
It’s a Wednesday afternoon, and the air is heavy with the recent unrest in the United States and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. Sophie Payten, the Sydney singer/songwriter who records as Gordi, is set to release her second album, Our Two Skins in a few weeks. She ponders on what we’re living through this year: it’s hard times, and she knows it. “I'm just doing my best, like everyone else, to maintain an emotional equilibrium”. Just like her music, her video presence brings a calmness and comfort.
At the time of our conversation, protests have surged against police brutality in the US, and the music industry led a social media blackout movement in support of Black Lives Matter. These past weeks have added to a year that already felt crazy. “Releasing music and releasing albums during a pandemic or during a massive movement and protest and riot, it does make it pale in comparison” she shares. However, Payten looks ahead on what is to come. “I think we just have to focus on what we can and yeah, I'm really looking forward to this album.”