Empress Of (real name Lorely Rodriquez) produced, recorded, and engineered the album entirely herself in 2014 – hence its title, 'Me'.
The 10 tracks that make up 'Me' play out as diary entries from the album's writing sessions, which took place over a five-week period of isolation in Valle de Bravo, Mexico. Streaming now is a new song called Kitty Kat, which details her experience being catcalled around Valle de Bravo.
In support of the album, Rodriquez will be playing a three-night residency at London venue Power Lunches next week, co-presented by Dummy, NTS Radio, and Young Turks/Terrible Records. The short set of shows was inspired by a similar run of gigs in NYC, where her five-night residency at Elvis Guesthouse saw her joined by Ezra Koenig, Dev Hynes, and Le1f. Tickets for the residency can be bought here.
Empress Of will also be touring the UK and Europe with Purity Ring.
Empress Of 'Me' tracklist:
01. Everything Is You
02. Water Water
04. How Do You Do It
05. To Get By
06. Kitty Kat
07. Need Myself
08. Make Up
Empress Of live dates:
July 28th: Power Lunches, London (presented by NTS Radio)
July 29th: Power Lunches, London (presented by Dummy)
July 30th: Power Lunches, London (presented by Young Turks/Terrible Records)
October 28th: Cambridge Junction (with Purity Ring), Cambridge
October 29th: Roundhouse (with Purity Ring), London
November 1st: Trix Club (with Purity Ring), Antwerp
November 2nd: Den Atelier (with Purity Ring), Luxembourg
November 4th: Kulturkirche Köln (with Purity Ring), Cologne
November 5th: Roxy (with Purity Ring), Prague
November 6th: Proxima (with Purity Ring), Warsaw
November 8th: Debaser Medis (with Purity Ring), Stockholm
November 9th: Rockefeller (with Purity Ring), Oslo
November 10th: Amager Bio (with Purity Ring), Copenhagen
November 11th: Berghain (with Purity Ring), Berlin
Terrible Records release 'Me' on September 11th 2015 (buy).