Maxim Meyer-Horn

4 Apr 2020
Music

We’re Impressed by Empress Of’s New Album ‘I’m Your Empress Of’

After her first two albums ‘Me’ and ‘Us’, the American singer Empress Of decided to introduce herself once more with her sophomore long player ‘I’m Your Empress Of’. The Los Angeles-born artist calls her third album her best body of work so far and isn’t shy to share her emotions.

Growing up, Lorely Rodriguez used to listen to cassette tapes from The Pet Shop Boys or The Beatles that belonged to her father. Her early influences helped her develop her eclectic synth-based R&B, which sounds stronger than ever on I’m Your Empress Of. The album was written in a two-month-long break from tour, where she finally took her time to get over her heartbreak.

Personal avant-pop

The 33-minute-long collection of songs gives insight into the thinking of Rodriguez. Digging way deeper on a personal level than she’s ever done before. In the opening track, her mother gets a guest spot and tells how it was to integrate into America. On the other songs of the album, you definitely hear how Lorely is going back to her roots by combining subtle salsa elements or playing with rhythms.

Even though the songs are rather sad reflections on life, the vibrant synths in songs like “Maybe This Time” or “U Give It Up” give the album an empowering feeling. I’m Your Empress Of is an indisputable interesting self-written and produced project that just shows the impressive talent of Rodriguez.

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