The Lie I Love The Best (LP)
Now, 14 years on from the critically-lauded Someone to Dance With, the singular Scottish singer-songwriter and visual artist releases her new album, The Lie I Love the Best, on Wonderlust Productions via Proper Music Distribution.
The daughter of a late jazz musician father and an artist mother, Gordon, along with sister Julia, was raised on the Isle of Arran in the West of Scotland. It was in this remote outpost that she immersed herself in mum Avril's extensive collection of jazz and be-bop records, developing an enduring love for Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. Eventually, more contemporary influences - including Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross - asserted themselves, along with eclectic touchstones Laura Nyro and Elis Regina, and everything else from electronica to classical.
After leaving University, she began to collaborate with David Galbraith, now her partner and producer. "David always listens. He's very honest if he doesn't like something, so you can trust him completely. He is both artistic and technically minded, which is essential for our collaboration. He has no prejudices about music. His taste and knowledge are very wide.".
In Toronto she began to integrate her visual art creations with her compositions, an approach Gordon fully exploits with a series of animated videos to accompany several tracks from The Lie I Love the Best.
The album - which features a rare appearance by PJ Moore, formerly of The Blue Nile - wrestles with some complex themes over 11 archetypally diverse tracks, from the ambient 'Sirens in T.O's' mini-disc recording of a Portuguese street carnival in Toronto (lyrically impelled by the ups and downs of making Someone to Dance With), to the upbeat ska-flecked break-up narrative of 'Funny Side'.
- Sirens In To
- Diamond In The Heart
- Slightly Different
- Funny Side
- The Lie I Love The Best
- Down At The Well-To-Do
- Goodbye Paradise
- Lovesong For Machines
- Mistress Of Disguise
- No Call For A Stranger
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