SHARES NEW TRACK “WOMAN IS A WORD”
“Me cements (Empress Of’s) status as an immense musical talent.” –Pigeons and Planes.
She’s “an avant-R&B auteur with pop star potential—like a Björk unleashing her inner Beyoncé.” – Pitchfork.
Today Los Angeles based artist Empress Of has released an unreleased track titled “Woman Is A Word.” The song, which is available to hear now via Jezebel, is another deeply personal and political track from Empress Of who explains it’s genesis: “Sometimes as a songwriter and a human, I feel very restricted by words. One word can have so much social implication, standard, limitation, qualification that it doesn’t give a person they’re own opportunity to really choose their identity. I wrote “Woman Is A Word” at a time when I felt like the word ‘woman’ put me in a box of things I was capable to do, things that defined me that didn’t necessarily define me.”The song is from her recording sessions for her critically acclaimed debut album Me (out now on Terrible Records).
Listen to “Woman Is A Word” now at Jezebel: http://themuse.jezebel.com/hear-woman-is-a-word-an-effervescent-new-single-from-l-1764736687
2016 has been an exciting year for Empress Of. She played the Sydney Opera House as part of a series of shows curated by new media artist Joe Crossley, last month she joined Andrew Wyatt for a performance at P.S. 1 in NYC and currently she’s on her own headline tour, which will see her play NYC on March 25 and summer festivals including NRML, Pitchfork, FORM: Arcosanti and Moogfest. Additionally, she’s featured on a track with Darkstar called “Reformer” that was released last week.
Empress Of is the solo project of Los Angeles based producer, songwriter and singer Lorely Rodriquez. WNYC Studio 360 and Latino USA both featured an incredible story on Lorely and her mother earlier this year. Empress Of is also featured in the current issue of T Magazine and the story includes a video of Empress Of, Tinashe, SZA, Dej Loaf, Abra and more doing a cover of “Killing Me Softly.”
Empress Of on tour:
March 15 Austin, TX Hype Hotel
March 16 Austin, TX Waterloo Records
March 16 Austin, TX Tumblr 79¢ Party
March 17 Austin, TX Pitchfork Day Party
March 25 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom *The Range opening
May 14 Camp Verde, AZ Form: Arcosanti
May 19-22 Durham, NC Moogfest
June 1 Barcelona, ES Barts (Primavera Opening Party)
June 2 Barcelona, ES Primavera Festival
June 4 Copenhagen, DK Distortion Festival
June 5 Berlin, DE Berghain Kantine
June 6 Hamburg, DE Turmzimmer
June 7 Brussels, BE Botanique
June 8 Paris, FR Pop up Du Label
June 10 Porto, PT Primavera Festival
June 12 London, UK Field Day Festival
June 13 Manchester, UK Guilvers
June 14 London, UK Moth Club
June 16 Amsterdam. NL De School
June 17 Hilvarenbeek, NL Best Kept Secret Festival
July 15-17 Chicago, IL Pitchfork Festival