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Following the recent release of her sophomore album Us, Empress Of a.k.a. Lorely Rodriguez has shared a self-directed video for her latest single “I Don’t Even Smoke Weed.” Decked out with a bedazzled leather jacket, the singer-producer takes the spotlight as she bounces around in the magenta tinted visual.

The catchy track as captures the pure essence of being so comfortable with a partner that all your self-doubts almost vanish around them. That’s not to say that it’s a smooth operation, but sometimes love is worth fighting against any struggles that come attached. This all-consuming feeling of buoyancy is really drilled into the production as the beats float through the speakers while Empress Of sings a deeply honest train of thoughts that could have been pulled from a journal entry.

“I don’t even smoke weed/ It gives me anxiety,” she softly sings while rolling her shoulders back. “But when I’m with you/ I’m too careless to/ Care what people think.”

Us is out now via Terrible Records/Caroline International. Empress Of will be embarking on a worldwide headlining tour in 2019. Scroll down for the full list of dates and revisit our intimate profile on Empress Of.

February 18 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
February 19 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
February 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
February 22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
February 24 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
February 25 – Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz PDB
February 27 – Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall
March 1 – Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village
March 2 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
March 5 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
March 6 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
March 8 – San Francisco, CA @ Starline Ballroom
March 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
March 19 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega Small Hall
March 20 – Berlin, Germany @ Berghain / Kantine
March 21 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
March 22 – Cologne, Germany @ Artheater
March 23 – Paris, France @ Le Babadoum
March 24 – Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique / Rotonde
March 26 – London, UK @ Scala
March 27 – Manchester, UK @ YES
March 28 – Dublin, Ireland @ Whelans

In other news, Yung Lean is releasing a new mixtape called ‘Poison Ivy.’ Get all the details right here.

Words by Sydney Gore
Features Editor

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