i'm a bit surprised her music hasn't been shared on ILX yet! she just dropped her 3rd record today and I've been really enjoying it. I feel like she has such a singular ear for music and the ways various elements can cohere and flow together.
― winters (josh), Saturday, 4 April 2020 05:11 (two years ago) link
i think there'd been a bit of discussion on her in some of the shambhala threads in the past but her second album was super underwhelming despite a strong single
will have to check out this one if it's a return to form
― ufo, Saturday, 4 April 2020 05:21 (two years ago) link
i believe it is! I feel your sentiments re: the 2nd album, but I feel myself returning to explore this new one again and again. i'm really taken by the front-to-back flow and by the confidence it radiates.
― winters (josh), Saturday, 4 April 2020 05:26 (two years ago) link
didn't even know this was coming out! It seems like only yesterday the last one came out. "When I'm With Him" and "How Do You Do It" are incredible songs
― boxedjoy, Saturday, 4 April 2020 08:43 (two years ago) link
Thanks for starting this thread - I've been listening to as much as I can by Empress Of over the years but think only discussed on the shambala thread. Will investigate new stuff!
― kinder, Saturday, 4 April 2020 12:50 (two years ago) link
is it produced by David Wrench?
― kinder, Saturday, 4 April 2020 12:51 (two years ago) link
looks like she and BJ Burton are the exec. producers, and there's also prod. credits from Jim-E Stack and Mikey Freedom Hart
― winters (josh), Saturday, 4 April 2020 18:33 (two years ago) link
Every once in a while I still get a glimpse of the Cocteau Twins influence that was more pronounced early on, but generally I'm less into what she's been up to since she began releasing full lengths.
― Johnny Fever, Saturday, 4 April 2020 18:44 (two years ago) link
it's indeed much better than the last, i'm not blown away but it's solid enough
― ufo, Sunday, 5 April 2020 06:06 (two years ago) link
Jonny Fever otm. This is sounding really bland to me atm.
― kinder, Thursday, 7 May 2020 22:57 (two years ago) link
wow! I feel like I'm the only person out of anyone I know who's listening to this. I will say it does come alive when the weather is pleasurably warm.
― winters (josh), Thursday, 7 May 2020 23:15 (two years ago) link
I just feel like I've never heard music that sounds exactly like this (and enjoy it so much!) -- feels so singular to her ear and her musical sensibilities
― winters (josh), Thursday, 7 May 2020 23:17 (two years ago) link
no i listened to this, i just don't have any opinion yet. i didn't delete it
― j., Thursday, 7 May 2020 23:18 (two years ago) link
I really like this, the hooks are a lot stronger than anything she's done before
― boxedjoy, Sunday, 31 May 2020 11:34 (two years ago) link
she has a new EP called Save Me that's getting released this Friday, and the pre-release tracks have been some of the best stuff she's ever done. it feels like a culmination of all the sounds and sensibilities she's explored throughout her records.
― winters (josh), Tuesday, 21 June 2022 06:42 (seven months ago) link
It's really solid. Nothing beats "Dance For You" but the song with Jim-E Stack comes close.
At the height of my "Dance For You" obsession last month I revisited her two previous albums, and the 2020 one in particular is so good and I think extremely underappreciated.
― monotony, Thursday, 23 June 2022 23:39 (seven months ago) link
Yeah, the 2020 album is great. I wore it out at the time, need to go back to it. (Not least because I just bought tix to see her opening for CRJ in October.)
― a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Friday, 24 June 2022 00:38 (seven months ago) link
Disappointed to not have room to nominate "When I'm With Him" in the 2010s poll
― Indexed, Monday, 27 June 2022 21:22 (seven months ago) link
Bigger dance beats on this than I was expecting! Agreed with monotony on the highlights.
― Indexed, Tuesday, 28 June 2022 14:39 (seven months ago) link
def a coulda been vibe sadly coalescing around this artist but “hat trick” from her first EP is so good
― Vapor waif (uptown churl), Wednesday, 18 January 2023 22:16 (two weeks ago) link
― kinder, Wednesday, 18 January 2023 22:43 (two weeks ago) link