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Empress Of releases sophomore album Us + announces worldwide tour




Empress Of by Adam Elramly

What the press is saying about Us
“a smart and concise pop gem that has an honest, emotional heart”
“Lorely Rodriguez stirs complex emotional dramas into the pure pleasure of dance pop”
“a masterclass in pop songwriting”
Rolling Stone
“songs that ring true because they don’t take any shortcuts”
Today, Los Angeles-based Empress Of is releasing her highly-anticipated sophomore album. Us arrives via Terrible Records and is the follow-up to her deeply-personal 2015 debut album Me. The new album sees her shifting her focus outward and creating a community between herself and listeners, while also opening herself up to collaborations with Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes and DJDS. Us follows a run of California tour dates that saw her play alongside Mura Masa during the month of August, an additional run of dates along the West Coast with Blood Orange and appearing as the only feature on Khalid’s new Suncity EP.
In celebration of the release of her album, Empress Of is hosting two album release shows to take place tonight in LA and New York on October 23rd. The first show in LA will take place at El Cid, where she will perform the album live along with support from DJ collective Chulita Vinyl Club and latinx artist Avalon. In New York, Empress Of will be holding a record signing and performing the album at NYC’s Rough Trade, where purchase of the album will include entry to the show. Tickets available for LA release show HERE and NYC release show HERE.
Empress Of is also announcing a new run of tour dates in support of her new album. Beginning in February 2019, Empress Of will embark on 13 dates across the US before extending her tour for an additional 9 shows in Europe, concluding in Dublin, Ireland on March 28th.
Listen to Us above now and see below for full tour routing, more about Empress Of and all Usdetails. Us will also have a physical release, exclusively through Vinyl Me, Please as their monthly vinyl release in November.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
2/18 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel – TICKETS
2/19 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar – TICKETS
2/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle – TICKETS
2/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere – TICKETS
2/24 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall – TICKETS
2/25 – Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz PDB – TICKETS
2/27 – Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall – TICKETS
3/1 – Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village – TICKETS
3/2 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club – TICKETS
3/5 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile – TICKETS
3/6 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater – TICKETS
3/8 – San Francisco, CA @ Starline Ballroom – TICKETS
3/9 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre – TICKETS
3/19 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega Small Hall – TICKETS
3/20 – Berlin, Germany @ Berghain / Kantine – TICKETS
3/21 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso – TICKETS
3/22 – Cologne, Germany @ Artheater
3/23 – Paris, France @ Le Babadoum – TICKETS
3/24 – Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique / Rotonde – TICKETS
3/26 – London, UK @ Scala – TICKETS
3/27 – Manchester, UK @ YES – TICKETS
3/28 – Dublin, Ireland @ Whelans – TICKETS
About Empress Of and Us:
Lorely Rodriguez, the artist known as Empress Of, recorded her new album, Us, all over Southern California. Topanga Canyon. Ojai. At a recording studio “with no windows.” At her home in Highland Park. At another recording studio “with a really loud cricket.” “He was there, like, all month,” she says, “And I was trying to track vocal tracks and he’d be like, CHIRP, CHIRP!”
It was the first time she tried to record music this way-sequestered, for a month at a time, in between touring and performing, alone but for the company of a cricket. She would later invite collaborators-Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), LA production duo Sam Griesemer and Jerome Potter of DJDS, Spanish electronic producer Pional-but the resulting project remains a showcase of Rodriguez’ skill both as a lyricist and a producer, though she is wont to admit it. The artist is modest about her skills as a instrumentalist (“Lorely plays every instrument half-assed,” she says, “Put that in the bio.”) and coy about her process as a writer (“I don’t write out chords for my songs. Everything is intuitive in production. I don’t have one piece of sheet music for my songs.”)
She estimates that she’s produced about 70 percent of this album, which serves as the real testament to her dynamism as a musician, since she won’t testify to it herself. She’s frustrated with a media preoccupation on her jazz music education, but only because she believes her experiences singing to Céline Dion and Mariah Carey in the living room of her childhood home in Southern California are far more formative. When pressed about her influences, she lists her mother.
Empress Of’s debut album Me was released almost three years ago, in 2015. As the name suggests, it presented a deeply personal exploration of her emotional world. So personal, she says, it was difficult to perform. “It was, like, every day, just giving myself to the audience,” she says. With Us, Rodriguez wanted to facilitate a more equal exchange of energy between herself and her listeners, to create a “community.” “It’s not just love songs. It’s about different experiences of the heart,” she says. “I want it to be like a mirror, and [the audience] sees a little bit of themselves in every song.”
Empress Of
(Terrible Records)
October 19th, 2018
1. Everything To Me
2. Just The Same
3. Trust Me Baby
4. Love For Me
5. I Don’t Even Smoke Weed
6. Timberlands
7. I’ve Got Love
8. All For Nothing
9. When I’m With Him
10. Again

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