It’s kind of a marvel that contrary to her mounting popularity Lorely Rodriguez aka Empress Of only has a couple of songs out. Releasing her first tracks in the form of a 7″ late last year before her Systems EP streeted earlier this year, it’s been a slow and steady build for Empress Of. She serves as an example of the industry getting it right, captivated by her first recordings and only becoming more enamored with each subsequent release. Rodriguez’s full length is probably as hotly anticipated as any and yet Empress Of maintains a careful plod with a full length presumably on the horizon (but no real word of it yet).
“Realize You”, her first single since Systems‘ “Hat Trick” and “Tristeza” sees Empress Of shuffling off in a far dancier direction than we’ve heretofore been privy to. While “Hat Trick” and “Tristeza” spotlighted Rodriguez’s risky but flawless vocals, “Realize You” takes it a step further and pairs them with unconventional beats that still manage to highlight her stellar vocal prowess and pitch perfect melodies. True to form, “Realize You” is an absolutely incredible pop confection that establishes patience as the most important virtue where Empress Of is concerned; another exceptional addition to a gradually expanding catalog of songs.
Above is the beautiful song/video “Shortline” from Australia-via-LA singer/songwriter RY X (formerly Ry Cuming, also probably in the not-from-Berlin electronic duo The Acid) and electronic producer Frank Wiedemann, who is definitely from Berlin, who combined call themselves Howling. Got all that? No? Don’t worry about it. In either intentional hype-building mystery, or ineptitude, or a bit of both, the fog will eventually lift and we’ll all be better for it. But in the meantime, RY X, The Acid, and now Howling are three of the most exciting things I’ve heard this year, they’re all probably related, and they’re all just beginning to scratch the surface of their careers.
We’re all winners, is what I’m trying to say.
Previously: RY X – “Berlin” MP3 / “Vampires” MP3 — our Hypeworthy feature on The Acid’s debut EP / “Animal” Video
Just a month ago, we were introduced to the endlessly infectious summer summoning vibes of Katonah, NY duo Yellerkin‘s “Solar Laws”. So infectious in fact that since first hitting play, I’ve had a very hard time listening to anything else. Nearly at 6,000 plays on Soundcloud I can attest that a large portion of those are most likely from me.
Instantly charmed, when the duo promised more, I was elated that Yellerkin would continue their total domination of my ear drums. It may have taken a month but Yellerkin’s new track “Vines” is here. For those expecting “Solar Laws” Pt. 2,”Vines” is nothing of the sort; trading in its buoyant elation for simmering balladry yet not completely without a bit of a forward push. It’s not until a breakdown right before the end that “Vines” picks up. Until then “Vines” is content to revel in its vocal-showcasing slow jam potential.
Yellerkin are currently at work on a EP and if “Solar Laws” and “Vines” are anything to go off of, it’s going to be downright majestic. Here’s hoping it’s coming soon.
Philly’s resident “sex pop” glam rockers Night Panther come back with what seems like their hundredth gorgeous opus of the year with “Pleasure To Meet You”, the opening track to their self-titled debut LP which dropped late this summer. If you’re down with organ based anthems with some of the best vocals this side of the Mississippi, this track with be just the Wednesday wake-up you need (via yvynyl):
Say what you will about the “Loudness war” and audio peaking, some songs were just meant to be loud. Distractingly, explosively, jack-hammeringly loud. And when you pair these kinds of subsonic organ bellows with such angelic vocal harmonies, and set upon that sonic substructure a frenzied melody so addictive that even heroine addicts would drop the needle in a wide eyed stare, what can you expect but that your listeners be blanked, melting like wayward ice into parched soil. Some people like passive listening, music-as-background-filler, but Night Panther thankfully reject that. Here’s hoping they keep churning out the gold.
Night Panther is their debut album, released via our affiliate label Small Plates. Grab a copy on iTunes and pick up their limited 7″ here »
“Nada Em Vão” is the hazy opening track off Little Joy guitarist and frequent Devendra Banhart collaborator Rodrigo Amarante‘s latest record, the beautiful, sleepy and occasionally stunning Cavalo.
Listen to Cavalo streaming in full at Rodrigo Amarante’s soundcloud page »