The Great Aural Interplay 19

by E. Ryan Ellis

A grip of blind dates betwixt a grip of musicians
[it seemed like a good idea at the time]
Empress Of interviewed by Woodkid

Upon listening to Empress Of, the first thing you’ll notice is Lorely Rodriguez’s voix mielleuse. She sings with the wanton abandon of someone showering in an empty home, playing with octaves as if they were her bandmates. Amongst her vocal articulations are gasps, flutters, and pants, layered against swelling synths. Her songs taste like marbled ice cream off a golden spoon, an idiosyncratic aural dessert. If the first thing you’ll notice is Lorely’s voice, the last thing you’ll forget is how she uses it, and the brain freeze and tummy ache that follow.

Woodkid: Can you describe your tour rider? Empress Of: Uh I’ve never had a tour rider before! Maybe some beer, Skittles, pizza, video games?

How often do you Google your band/name? Only after I say something ridiculous in an interview.

Are you more analog or digital? Dolby Digital. I wish I was more analog but it’s so expensive and I just started making music not too long ago.

Grammys or MTVMA? Grammys! It’s such a legendary thing! The VMA’s would be fun...but only like 10 years ago when Chris Rock wore all white and hosted. Otherwise, no.

It’s very hard for me to get laid on tour as I have to hide after the shows. Any advice? No, actually. I can’t relate to this problem at all. ;)

Can you please ask yourself the last question of this interview? Q: What is the coolest sentence ever? A: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

Beauty Notes: Eye shadow in Orb and Tinted Lipglass in Pink Poodle. All makeup by M.A.C COSMETICS. 

Photographer: Samantha Casolari at Stylist: Christine de Lassus for Hair: Laura Polko for Makeup: Ralf Marzouki for