@ Thousand Pound Bend 07/07/17
Before heading to Gordi’s show at Melbourne’s mysterious Thousand Pound Bend venue on Friday night, I had only heard of the artist a few days earlier. Having no prior knowledge of Gordi’s songs I was feeling optimistic about listening to something fresh and unknown.
Walking into the venue was like entering an episode of Pretty Little Liars. The dark room barely saw any light as it slightly exposed the tall wooden ceiling and rustic brick walls, creating a secretive atmosphere. There was background music playing throughout the venue that blended well with the talkative crowd.
Becoming well equipped with the enticing environment, Gordi took the stage with no introduction and filled the room with her distinct vocals in a matter of seconds. The crowd were instantly drawn to the stage as her deep voice glued you to her presence. The first two songs that Gordi performed made me extremely attentive as the tone of her acoustics and the passion in her eyes was felt throughout the audience. The sharp instruments played by three members in her band echoed stunningly around the venue.
After performing the first two songs, Gordi broke her silence and surprisingly created many laughs throughout the crowd with her stories. Her personality was which quite unexpected as the artist started off the show which such an emotional introduction. As the show progressed, Gordi performed a few older tracks, which had more of an upbeat, sway-like feel to them. She whipped out her guitar and showcased her many talents as she continued to create an alluring presence with her definite vocals and lyrics.
Gordi then gave the audience a teaser of new material to come as she performed a track that will be featured on her upcoming debut album Reservoir. I noticed that her newer songs were a bit slower and profound where as her older songs were elevated. Gordi then surprised the audience by bringing out special guest Ben Abraham to sing a duet together after expressing how talented she believes the artist is. Although I had never heard of Ben Abraham along with Gordi, the two harmonized their voices so angelically that it was extremely easy to enjoy the song.
With the show coming to a close end, Gordi performed a few more songs for the crowd. Switching over to the keyboard, she quickly recorded a few sounds with her voice and then used it as a background vocal for her song Heaven I Know. Gordi then sang on top of the recording and used a voice-changing instrument to make her vocals sound deeper and robotic. The whole process of performing the song was extremely fascinating and undoubtedly stole the show. The audience was completely still throughout the whole song and her commitment on stage exploded with her true passion for singing.
Leaving what was a remarkably great show, I can now officially say that I am a fan of Gordi and will now continue to follow her career. Her spark on stage was electrifying to witness and I was very content with discovering such a raw talent. If you’re looking for someone surprising and distinctive to check out, along with an interest in artists such as Dua Lipa and Sia, then Gordi is definitely worth the watch.
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