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Empress Of shares new single “Love For Me”

EMPRESS OF SHARES NEW SINGLE “LOVE FOR ME”

US DUE OCTOBER 19TH VIA TERRIBLE RECORDS

Empress Of by Dana Boulos
LISTEN: “Love For Me” –

https://fanlink.to/LoveForMe

PHYSICAL PREORDER: Us – 

https://fanlink.to/EmpressOfUs

What the press is saying about “When I’m With Him”

“a smart and concise pop gem that has an honest, emotional heart”

Esquire

“Lorely Rodriguez stirs complex emotional dramas into the pure pleasure of dance pop”

Pitchfork

“a masterclass in pop songwriting”

Rolling Stone

Gearing up for the release of her forthcoming album, Empress Of is sharing a new single. “Love For Me” follows the previously-released bilingual tracks “When I’m With Him” and “Trust Me Baby” as the latest taste of what’s to come from her new album Us, due out October 19th via Terrible Records. The new track arrives after a run of California tour dates that saw her play alongside Mura Masa during the month of August, and will be performing at Long Beach’s Tropicalia Festival on November 3rd. Us will also have a physical release, exclusively through Vinyl Me, Please as their monthly vinyl release in November.

Listen to “Love For Me” above now and see below for more about Empress Of and all Us details.

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

Us

(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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