Q (UK) - - Review | New Albums - JAZZ MON­ROE

US TER­RI­BLE, OUT NOW Blue-sky dance-pop ex­plores ro­man­tic tales.

On her sec­ond al­bum as Em­press Of, Los An­ge­les­based singer-song­writer Lorely Ro­driguez uses the utopian sounds of beach-pop to con­ceal mus­ings on the drama and delu­sions of mod­ern ro­mance. Fit­tingly, it’s full of com­pact songs that steal your heart and leave. Steel-drum driven hon­ey­moon an­thems Love For Me and Just The Same swing into cau­tion­ary bal­lads such as All For Noth­ing, a sero­tonin-fu­elled over­view of pre-break-up red flags. It’s a pop al­bum that feels like a se­cret, speak­ing di­rectly to the hopes and in­se­cu­ri­ties of those con­demned to scru­ti­nise ev­ery good and bad omen in their re­la­tion­ships. It’s also a trib­ute to the fleet­ing mo­ments when sense­less eu­pho­ria shines through any­way.

Lis­ten To: Love For Me | Just The Same | Ev­ery­thing To Me

Hip priest­ess: Em­press Of’s Lorely Ro­driguez.

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