Multi-talented pop singer and beat maker Empress Of (aka Lorely Rodriguez) has just premiered a mesmerizing new single “Standard” (which can be listened to below via YouTube) from her upcoming debut album “Me” which will be out on September 11th via Terrible.
The multi-layered club music beat is enough to draw anyone in from the first few notes. However, it doesn’t take long for Rodriguez’s high celestial voice to penetrate your soul with its beauty and the profoundness of the lyrics being sung. It feels like you are drifting through warm black waters as “Standard” takes you on its relaxing journey. Pitchfork went into further detail describing the song saying:
From the moment the beat kicks hard to establish the chorus and Rodriguez’s bell of a voice shifts to mezzo-soprano range, “Standard” is all goosebumps and shivers, a sense of hollow absence under the sternum. The layers of vocals and synths draw in and draw back at the sharpest times and Rodriguez’s lyrics, about the diffuse line between longing and greed, are meant to hit home with anyone who’s ever been human.
Don’t let the title of “Standard” fool you. It is anything but and will take you to a whole other plane of musical existence.