Written in only two months—and spanning just over half an hour—I’m Your Empress Of is a raw, frenetic, and at times relentless exploration of heartbreak, navigating everything from wanting someone back (“Give Me Another Chance”) to nighttime loneliness (“Love Is a Drug,” the devastating “Not the One”) and meeting someone new (“Hold Me Like Water”). When you love someone so much that you don't even know who you are, that can be a problem—and I had that problem. Genres: Electropop, Synthpop, Art Pop. See search results for this author. Should’ve 07. Terms and Conditions.Does not apply to gift orders. I couldn't connect with an audience when I was drowned in textures. Empress Of has announced a new album called I'm Your Empress Of and shared the lead single "Give Me Another Chance". And how every apartment has rats," further reiterating her ambivalence against touring a record about "hating New York". [8][7] Rodriguez left for the writing retreat in December 2013, leaving behind four jobs as a nanny and music teacher, to the secluded village of Valle de Bravo on Lake Avándaro. Adele recorded 21 on it. [1] Finding her residence of New York as stifling to her creative process, Rodriguez embarked on solo writing retreat to Mexico which granted her the introspection she was seeking. [7], Rodriguez was visited once during her period of isolation, where she and her friends participated in recreational drug use. [9], Rodriguez credits "driving [herself] crazy" as making the album's production possible. Me is the debut studio album by American singer and songwriter Lorely Rodriguez, known professionally as Empress Of. Complete your purchase of the CD album to save the MP3 version to your Music Library. Next up. The rhythm gives way to her mother’s voice, reminiscing about what it was like to come to America, learn a whole new language and find her way in this world. The rest of the record is about me finding myself. Rated #938 in the best albums of … "[15] In an interview with The Deli, Rodriguez revealed that Me was made in Logic Pro with the Apollo Twin Duo interface from Universal Audio, further employing SoundToys plug-ins and the Native Instruments Maschine from which a majority of its bass and drum sounds originate. Titled I'm Your Empress Of, the Honduran-American artist's latest arrives April 3 through Terrible … Her latest album I’m Your Empress Of was released in April of 2020 on Terrible Records. She gained attention in 2012 for anonymously releasing a series of 1 minute-long demos, via From the sharp synth stabs of “Bit Of Rain” to the distorted reflections of album closer “Awful”, all led by Rodriguez’s fantastic vocals, I’m Your Empress Of is a funky, generous and vibrant record. Mar 3, 2020. It's Empress Of's best-sequenced work to this point, playing out like a colorful, catchy dancefloor musical about an ill-fated romance with an absent object of affection. Empress Of Verified New York, United States. Genres: Electropop, Synthpop, Art Pop. Bit Of Rain 03. Amid it all, Rodriguez—who also scatters her Honduran mother Reina’s inspiring words of … . "[2] Rodriguez portrays Me as a "selfish" record, centered around reflection, growth and self-prioritization. Simply titled Me , the record created a portrait of Rodriguez searching for herself, lost in reflection amidst an all-consuming romantic relationship. "I'm Your Empress Of" also features dramatic, curtain-raising keyboard progressions, funky mid-range rhythms, and resonant bass as it leads directly into the first song, "Bit of Rain." I put myself in their shoes. "[17], "I wanted the first track to be about being in love and about giving. [7][16] The album begins with "Everything is You", which expresses a consuming "uncertainty" when one "[questions their] independence within a relationship. [8] The experience would later amalgamate on "Water Water", which was written "furiously" on New Year's Eve and is thematically encircled with the scarcity of water itself. I’m Your Empress Of 02. "[12], Me encompasses a "wide range of emotions" as Rodriguez sought to hone her songwriting craft and "get [her] point across through words", angling her focus away from purely "textures and sounds. It was released on September 11, 2015, by XL Recordings and Terrible Records. I wanted to tour "me," because I will always be the person I am, but that windowless room in a basement was only a moment in my life. [23], Because her vocals are "the only organic thing on the record", Rodriguez felt the desire to "bring as much life" into them as she could, which lead to it being recorded at Electric Ladyland Studios: "It was Jimmy Hendrix' microphone that he bought in the '60s for his studio! Volume. Vocals are really important on the record. [4] "Standard" further interrogates the implications of privilege and class divide, recounting the poverty she witnessed in Mexico: "I would pass families on the side of the road selling firewood for pennies when a couple of weeks ago I was in N.Y. buying $4 coffee. [25] Me was picked as the title a month before the record was finalized. I'm Your Empress Of continues in kind across pulsing beats, Latin rhythms, and unrepressed physical yearning all the way through the final two tracks, "Hold Me Like Water" and "Awful," which wind down tempos without stifling the album's persistent effervescence. She includes a spoken-word segment on the introductory title track, during which her mother reflects on learning English and raising a creative daughter. 01. EMPRESS OF @empressof facebook.com/empressof soundcloud.com/empressof [2] Me was written during Valle de Bravo's low season for tourism, which induced a state of paranoia due to the isolation. Clear Hide queue. I’m Your Empress Of 02. Albums include Me, Lamp Lit Prose, and I'm Your Empress Of. 8 months ago. CD album ships from and sold by Amazon.com. [24] Her faith in his judgment led her to choosing a title of a subtle nature to reflect the album's message: "Sometimes people have album titles that are so grandiose, magical, mysterious or whatever, but I wanted something simple, direct and personal. "[4], Me is a departure from Rodriguez's heavily reverbed approach to her debut EP Systems (2013), which she felt like she was hiding behind: "All of the music I was obsessed with at that time was hazy, hazy New York and hazy emotions, everything was hiding behind a texture. She gained attention in 2012 for anonymously releasing a series of 1 minute-long demos (via YouTube) prefaced only by a solid color entitled "Colorminutes". "To Get By" was the final track to be completed for the record, where she reached a breaking point after nitpicking its details back and forth with her manager: "Knowing when to stop working on this record was probably the hardest thing about making it. Lorely Rodriguez released her third album as Empress Of, I’m Your Empress Of, in March of this year.Today, she’s back with a new track … Give Me Another Chance 08. Find Empress Of discography, albums and singles on AllMusic. Bit of Rain 03. Empress Of discography and songs: Music profile for Empress Of, born 19 October 1989. [...] That isn't a 3-D rendered sculpture or some type of pastel, goth thing. Moving the effervescent tempos and syncopated dance impulses of her first two albums from backyard parties and rumbling car stereos into the nightclubs, Empress Of's third studio album, I'm Your Empress Of, plays at times like a DJ set, keeping the music and the body in motion. The song is lyrically about picking apart an "old toxic relationship with an unresponsive partner". "[13][14][15] She stated that the record's biggest takeaway is the idea that "it's hard to be comfortable with yourself […] When you're in New York there are so many distractions, there are so many people you can go to and forget that you have these insecurities. noted that Rodriguez "demonstrates her versatility early on" with "Everything is You" and "Water Water": "the former is a sparse and snapping ode to new love, buoyed by hi-hat rolls and cooed gently in her lilting alto; the latter is a pulsing, reverb-splashed anthem". [...] He sang into it, like, his spit is on it. Empress Of: This song houses my favorite lyric on the album: “I need some help, I need help/I need myself, I need myself.” Which is similar to something I wrote on my first album… Working alone, no one is telling you what's good enough or what's finished. U Give It Up 06. All Popular tracks Tracks Albums Playlists Reposts Station Follow Share. [7] Rodriguez was encouraged by her manager to leave the city, and she began contacting friends over her predicament, to which one offered his parents' empty vacation house in Mexico. But then there are moments of 'I know what it means to work for what you want from almost nothing. But it's like, where's the 'me' in that? Her first 7" single, "Champagne" was released soon after on November 5, 2012… read more [26], Me was preceded by four singles: "Water Water", "Kitty Kat", "How Do You Do It", and "Standard". I tried to go through almost every films at one point. Bandsintown Plus presents Empress Of, the project of Honduran-American vocalist and songwriter Lorely Rodriguez. All tracks are written by Lorely Rodriguez. "[6] Rodriguez stated that the artwork is about "being nervous about exposing myself", which reflected her emotions at the time of the photoshoot as she did not know the photographer. Work on the album continued for a further two years, culminating in a direct approach to her lyri… music / … These concepts were rejected as they all "looked like something else and only represented a point in time", later relating to the universality of personal trials: "I know that when I'm older I'll still struggle with some of the things that a 24-year-old woman struggles with. U Give It Up 06. Title track “I’m Your Empress Of ” begins the record with Rodriguez repeating the title over a salsa piano riff she learned from her dad at the age of eight. The album as a whole adopts a less personal tone than her prior albums while keeping things intimate, including the anthemic house entry "Love Is a Drug," which emphasizes "I know love is a drug/I know money is a drug/I know sex can be a drug, but I just want to be touched." Someone would ask me a question and this person in me would just spit something out. Stream the song now. "[2][15] After leaving Mexico in early-2014, Rodriguez spent the next nine months fleshing out the ideas she developed, working between Montreal, New York and Los Angeles. The resulting product amalgamates electronic music and alternative R&B in a minimalist and experimental style. [10][2] Being detached from her everyday life in New York made for a perspective that "highlighted everything" and brought clarity to themes she wanted to explore,[11] which she compared to hypnotism: "[W]hen I turned the mic on, a lot of what I said was much more direct. Empress Of, Category: Artist, Albums: I'm Your Empress Of, Us, Me, Singles: Ta Que Tiembla (Buscabulla x Empress Of [Empress Of Remix]), Broken, You've Got To Feel, Note To Self, Call Me (Gaika Remix), Top Tracks: Wild Girl - Paul Woolford Remix, Wild Girl, Why Don’t You Come On (ft. Khalid and Empress Of), Note To Self, When I'm With Him, Biography: Under the name Empress … She released her first EP Systems through the label in April 2013 and later signed a joint deal with XL Recordings for her debut studio album. Albums include Me, Lamp Lit Prose, and I'm Your Empress Of. That track's bright synths, crisp electronic snare tones, and thumping bass drum accompany yearning, sexual lyrics. [19][20][21], In writing for The New York Times, Jon Pareles states that "[the tracks] are as clean-lined and skeletal as a blueprint under plexiglass," further complimenting Rodriguez's musical progression: "Empress Of distilled her music, ruthlessly making every sound earn its place and, as a result, making each song more focused and tenacious. [19] The album cover developed from different avenues as Rodriguez did "everything under the sun", including having her head 3D printed. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Empress Of’s scattered previous album, 2018’s Us, took two and a half years and a cast of collaborators to make. [13], Pitchfork compares the "stark" artwork to that of Horses (1975) by Patti Smith, signifying "lyrically raw" content. Love Is A Drug 05. [14], Rodriguez contemplated the album's title for months before settling on Me. I borrowed the shirt. Should’ve 07. Are you an author? [8][15] "Need Myself" was the first song to be written on the retreat, sang over a beat made minutes before, "almost like a meditation" in trying to deal with her solitude. Love Is A Drug 05. "[17] It was inspired by Björk's Debut (1993), which Rodriguez calls "brilliant" as she was fond of titles that "mark the beginning of something". Me is noted for its electronic and alternative R&B sound, a departure from the "hazy, dreamy" style that previously characterized her music. Buy the CD album for $13.98 and get the MP3 version for FREE. Finding her residence of New York as stifling to her creative process, Rodriguez embarked on solo writing retreat to Mexico which granted her the introspection she was seeking. Empress Of: “My new album is a little miracle that happened in the chaos of a bunch of shit” Ahead of the release of her third album 'I'm Your Empress … I love all the Studio Ghibli films. It was really nice but I realized how hard it is to connect with haze. [8][2] She exited a relationship right before her trip, though the lack of an internet connection left her with only the music on her iTunes: a mix that her ex-boyfriend sent for Christmas that included Aphex Twin, Chet Baker and Animal Collective. Empress Of Announces New Album, Shares Video for New Song. [...] So writing without distractions was like that, it just came out. "[9][4] Her experience as a struggling artist in New York is reflected in the song: "[N]ot being born super wealthy, being from a working-class family. 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