2014 Preview: Listen Out For #2 – Empress Of

6 Dec

Empress Of

Cast your mind back for a moment, to November last year when 2012 was entering its final days and a newborn year was almost upon us. At that moment a new music project was blinking its eyes, adjusting to its new surroundings and seeing music like colour. At the time we anointed Empress Of to our hallowed Alphabet Bands hall as our ‘E’ artist, not much was known about Celestial Shores’ Lorely Rodriguez’s new project. Coverage in the UK was (we believe) non-existent and all we had to go on were a series of micro tunes, or Colourminutes as she called them and a forthcoming single.

It was at this point, the single release we mean, not our posting, that ears pricked up properly and interest was piqued across the blog world and beyond. The music she was making (and continues to make) is spectacular. Dreamy electronic whispers one minute and sultry, breathy and sexy as hell the next (“Hat Trick” is such a gorgeous tune). Since then she has just got better and better with each new release and music fans and critics have fallen for her more and more.

Her music is addictive and tingle making, high art meets pop accessibility in the most gorgeous manner. Seductive tones, swirling melodies that draw you in and buffet you gently along as the beats take synths by the hand and swoon and sway along like cavorting partners, clinging to each other in the low light of a slow dance.

She makes gloriously misty electro-pop, like millions of constellations across the canvas of the night sky, glistening and mesmeric, beautiful and ridiculously easy to get lost in. She’s not afraid of a little darkness either, as the watermelon gorging, Clockwork Orange-esque image bombardment of the video for “Champagne” illustrated. Anyone who can layer pictures of The Dark Crystal and The Never Ending Story under whirring, bouncing choruses of springy guitars and soft, burgeoning subtly-synth laden verses is only ever going to get love from us.

With a series of live shows across the globe under her belt in the last 12 months and an ever increasing profile, the mystery that initially surrounded Empress Of may have dissipated, but the quality and excitement is only getting bigger.

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