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.