“Can I make it clear?” Lorely Rodriguez asks within the opening moments of her debut album, Me. If clarity is what she seeks, Lorely has found it: her voice upfront, every word audible and strong. Her singular voice is the centerpiece of Me, her first full-formed vision of an album, following her previously shorter and more abstract releases as Empress Of. “Don’t tell me who I am,” she sings seconds later.
“While Me was made in solitude, Us is a product of community… On Us, Rodriguez’s dance club euphoria bursts with confidence. She built Me around hyper-specific anecdotes from her life… True to its title, Us focuses on shared experiences. ” – Pitchfork