Sophie Payten – the folk-pop singer and producer known as Gordi – compiled the playlist 'Music for... Rewinding' ahead of her international Our Two Skins album launch performance on the Digital Stage this Saturday 25th July.
Gordi began her latest album Our Two Skins at a point in her life where everything was ending. Finishing up a long-term relationship and coming to terms with a new truth in her identity – which played out against the backdrop of the same-sex marriage vote in Australia – led to an isolated internal state, further fuelled by distance, trying communication and lost loved ones.
This playlist is a reminder to take the time to rewind and recentre to allow yourself a journey of self-discovery – or rediscovery, as Gordi has done with her latest record.
“Big Red Machine is the brain-child of Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner. The first record they put out is particularly special to me because I sang backing vocals at the PEOPLE festivals with them. I love the off beat chord changes, it gives it such impact and groove.”
“The dense, brooding vocal of The Japanese House has always resonated with me. 'Face Like Thunder' is one of her best demonstrations of songwriting; such classic hooks but with such an idiosyncratic style.”
“I am in the camp that believes Frank Ocean is a genius. This song is my favourite of his. There's a rolling snare that appears for a flash before quickly disappearing and then the song morphs into this slow acoustic guitar ballad.”
“The bubbling, metronomic synth and warm piano chords meant I loved this song in the first 10 seconds. Iceland is one of my favourite places in the world and everything Ásgeir puts out just takes me right back there.”
“I have sung a few times with Anais Mitchell and am such an admirer. A previous album of hers is now a broadway musical (Hades Town) and album showcases another of her projects. This song sounds like it has been in the world's diaspora for centuries.”
“The lines 'I washed your dishes, but I shit in your bathroom' and 'People say I'm a one-hit wonder, but what happens when I have two?' have got to be some of the greatest lines in modern music. I love Sharon.”
“This Swedish artist released an album called 'Docks' in 2016 and the first track, 'Falcons', was one I listened to a million-times over. The brass, the rolling snare, the glittery guitar; it's all there.”