Artist in profile: Empress Of

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  • Updated: Mar 11, 2013 16:30 IST

Effortlessly cool Brooklyn resident Empress Of is gearing up to drop her debut EP, Systems, on April 1, and her latest single from the EP, Hat Trick, has been causing a buzz on the indie music blogs, having been described as a total dream-pop choon (Pop Labyrinth). 

The forthcoming EP, Systems, from Empress Of  ©All Rights Reserved

Back in 2012 Brooklyn-based twenty-something Lorely Rodriguez, better known as Empress Of, began uploading a series of one-minute ideas on the songwriting process to YouTube under the title Color Minutes. As a result of this artistic project, her initial two songs Don't Tell Me and Champagne, were formed and, in November 2012, released on 7 vinyl.

Following these humble beginings Empress Of has been busy recording her forthcoming EP, Systems, which is slated for released worldwide -- excluding the US --  on April 1 by Double Denim Records before hitting the US on April 2 via Double Denim Records and Terrible Records. The four-track EP contains two songs in English -- the single Hat Trick and "No Means No" -- and two in Rodriguez's native language of Spanish -- Tristeza and Camisa Favorita.

Why the buzz?  
The first single off the EP, Hat Trick, has caused a massive stir across the indie music blogs. Pitchfork described it as a fully blossomed pop song, weaving byzantine harmonies through thick washes of electronic textures; Turntable Kitchen called Hat Trick warm and hypnotic and NME described it as a beauty. Given the positive reaction to the single, the buzz around the forthcoming album is building fast. 

What to listen to?  
Listen to Hat Trick and Don't Tell Me at and order the EP through Double Denim at

Where to see? 
Empress Of is playing SXSW on March 12/13 of March followed by a series of gigs in the New York area, details of which can be found via her excellent, if somewhat bizarre , Craigslist-inspired website at For more information on Empress Of, and to keep up-to-date with all the latest news, follow her on Facebook at


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