Next year will be the 10th anniversary of Lorely Rodriguez anonymously releasing demo tapes on YouTube and kickstarting a career. One decade and a firmly established persona later, the artist now and forever known as Empress Of has released a new song, ‘One Breath’.
The song is part of a new campaign called ‘Sound It Out’, which encourages adults to initiate conversations with younger individuals about the issues of mental health. Feelings of depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems start to proliferate between the ages of 12 and 17, but younger people rarely have the proper guidance to properly treat themselves, while adults rarely have the proper understanding to help. The Sound It Out Campaign seeks to educate adults on the ways they can have a meaningful impact on a teenager’s ability to deal with their own mental health struggles.
The track itself is delicate and airy synth-pop. The twist comes about halfway through, pivoting from English-language to Spanish-language lyrics. It’s a cool move, giving the song new colours to work with and a fresh edge once the pillowy synths start to wear out their welcome, and it gives the song a more universal appeal. Just as you’re getting ready to pull up Google Translate, the song fades, leaving you with only one option: listen to it again.
2020 was a strong year for Empress Of: I’m Your Empress Of, her third studio album, was released to rave reviews, and the past year or so has seen the artist become a go-to featured artist for the likes of MNDR and Amber Mark. Rodriguez also recently remixed Marina’s ‘Man’s World’, the lead single from her upcoming fifth LP Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land.
Check out the audio for ‘One Breath’ down below. You can learn more about the Sound It Out campaign here.