Like Diana, Lorely Rodriguez's career as Empress Of consists, thus far, of two songs. Two really, really good songs. Well, okay: two really, really good songs and one genuinely-bizarre, old-school-HTML Empress Of website
. "Don't Tell Me
" is an echo-strewn, synthed-to-extremes slow-jam that sounds like it's swimming through dry ice. "Champagne
" is just as languid and balladic, only with glissando guitar lines descending on Rodriguez's reverbed vocals. Each is a beautiful, teasing glimpse at a budding project; and SXSW has been, traditionally, a place where budding projects can come to make their name. Given how amazing Rodrigue's live video for Yours Tru.ly
is, it seems eminently possible Empress Of will, by SXSW's end, be a made-name.