Brooklyn-based producer, vocalist and electro pop artist Lorely Rodriguez is an up-and-coming artist, who writes, performs and records under the moniker Empress Of. Rodriguez first caught the attention of the blogosphere with the release of her Systems EP which featured the vocalist singing lyrics written in Spanish and English and paired them with a production style that channels Kate Bush and Nelly Furtado; in other words, much like those artists, Rodriguez’s work is based around a rather unique vision while possessing an infectious, pop sensibility.
Rodriguez’s latest single “Water Water” and its Spanish translation “Agua Agua” was written while the electro pop artist was in Valle de Bravo, Mexico on a solo writing retreat for the material that would wind up on her self-produced debut effort, which is slated for release this summer. The track consists of glistening and wobbly synths, propulsive beats and Rodriguez’s silkily ethereal vocals that seem to evoke the sensation of diving into a clear pool, of drinking cool, clean water on a hot day and of the overwhelming feeling of peace you get when you’d stop to look at a pristine lake.
The official video was co-directed by Zaiba Jabbar and Rodriguez is an echo-impression of the artist. And as Rodriguez explains, “I wanted to make a video that made me experience the emotions I felt when I wrote the song. Mostly like drowning in that synth pad.”