10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On her debut full-length, Empress Of's Lorely Rodriguez flits between the ecstasy of a love affair and the embrace of solitude: "Everything is you," she admits on the dreamy opener, while on the nervous "Need Myself," she makes self-love her priority. In keeping with that dichotomy, her songwriting pits euphoric dance beats ("How Do You Do It," "Water Water") against cryptic melodies ("Kitty Kat") and forbidding sound design ("Threat"). Set to sumptuous, spiky beats that draw liberally from techno and UK garage, it's the most exhilarating kind of therapy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On her debut full-length, Empress Of's Lorely Rodriguez flits between the ecstasy of a love affair and the embrace of solitude: "Everything is you," she admits on the dreamy opener, while on the nervous "Need Myself," she makes self-love her priority. In keeping with that dichotomy, her songwriting pits euphoric dance beats ("How Do You Do It," "Water Water") against cryptic melodies ("Kitty Kat") and forbidding sound design ("Threat"). Set to sumptuous, spiky beats that draw liberally from techno and UK garage, it's the most exhilarating kind of therapy.

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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
38 Ratings
38 Ratings
JustAnotherAvidApper

Groundbreaking

Me. A perfect album title because this girl did this whole thing herself - the lyrics, the vocals, and the phenomenal production. It's her. This is one of the freshest and most original records I have heard in years and anyone reading this who is unsure, buy it now. It is a treasure.

Hopey:)

PERFECTION!!!

Regardless of the mood you're in, this album has it all to uplift your spirits and energy! :)

Youramericanbae

Authentic

Love this! New and fresh sound, and her voice is beautiful!

About Empress Of

Under the name Empress Of, Honduran-American vocalist/songwriter Lorely Rodriguez creates introspective, self-empowering electro-pop centered around her impressive, acrobatic vocals. Born in Los Angeles and raised on Latin music and jazz, Rodriguez became obsessed with Björk as a teenager and decided to become a musician. She moved to the East Coast and began experimenting with music software on her laptop. She first gained attention by anonymously uploading a series of 15 minute-long experimental demos called "colorminutes" (named because they were simply accompanied by a single color each) to YouTube in 2012. Her first 7" single, the dreamy, downtempo "Champagne"/"Don't Tell Me," was released by No Recordings in November of that year. Japanese label Big Love Records released Colorminutes on cassette in early 2013, and Empress Of signed to Terrible Records and Double Denim Records for the release of her 12" EP Systems. The EP's Spanish-language single "Tristeza" was remixed by El Guincho, Delorean, and Pional. Rodriguez spent 2014 working on music, releasing the online single "Realize You," which was significantly more uptempo, danceable, and focused than her previous recordings. Recorded in Mexico City, New York City, and Montreal, Empress Of's debut album Me arrived on XL/Terrible Records in September of 2015. ~ Paul Simpson

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