Gordi Shares New Single/Video “Sandwiches” Ahead Of May/June North American Tour

Australian musician Gordi, moniker of Sophie Payten, shares the new single, “Sandwiches,” and its accompanying Justin Ridler-directed video. “Sandwiches” is a soaring, post-new wave anthem, and a tribute to her late grandmother. One of the first true Gordi “guitar songs,” it shimmers with the lush-yet-fragile momentum of The Cranberries’ classic “Dreams.” “Sandwiches” follows “The Cost,” a track released last month in support of the Australian Bushfire Relief efforts, and is Gordi’s first new recording since her 2017 debut album, Reservoir. Gordi has also recently collaborated with Troye Sivan, toured with Sam SmithJulien Baker and Fleet Foxes, performed at Eaux Claires alongside The NationalBon Iver and Big Red Machine, and finished her medical degree to become a qualified doctor.

Her late grandmother was, in Gordi’s words, “a great feeder of people.” So when she fell ill, Gordi and her mother took it upon themselves to nourish the visitors gathered around her hospital bed. As they passed around sandwiches, “someone called out that she was gone.”

The gravity of the moment was poignant for its softness and mundanity. Gordi approaches the totality of a loved one’s life as measured in the small memories that stay with us. She sings, “When I think of you a movie-reel of moments plays / We’ll be in the car or after mass on Saturdays / You’ll be walking down the driveway, you’ll be in your chair / You’ll say ‘See you round’ or ‘Say your “Three”’ / And now you’re everywhere.”

Gordi called on long-time collaborators and Bon Iver production duo Chris Messina and Zach Hanson to make “Sandwiches” at her family home in Canowindra, Australia — an old cottage littered with some of Sophie’s favorite pieces of musical arsenal combined with some flown in from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The tiny farm town where her family has lived for over a century, Canowindra, and the heart of the matriarch, is embedded in this song, and where the video was filmed. “Her whole life was in Canowindra…we made it in a house that’s a hundred meters from her house.”

Watch/Stream “Sandwiches”:


Gordi Tour Dates:

Wed. Feb. 26 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National ^

Thu. Feb. 27 – Amsterdam, NL @ AFAS Live ^

Wed. April 29 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater *

Tue. May 5 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE *

Wed. May 6 – Detroit, MI @ Fillmore *

Tue. May 12 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre *

Wed. May 13 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom *

Thu. May 14 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live Moody Theatre *

Sun. May 17 – Guadalajara, MX @ Corona Capital Festival

Tue. May 19 – Mexico City, MX @ El Plaza Condessa *

Fri. May 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery *

Wed. May 27 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Lawn *

Fri. May 29 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheater *

Sun. May 31 – Miami, FL @ Fillmore Miami *

Tue. June 2 – North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston PAC *

Thu. June 4 – Harrisburg, PA @ Riverfront Park Harrisburg University *

Fri. June 5 – Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang *

^ with Bear’s Den

* with Of Monsters and Men

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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