Jim-E Stack feat. Empress Of: Note To Self

Produced by Jim-E Stack (aka James Harmon Stack) and featuring vocals by Empress Of (aka Lorely Rodriguez), the upbeat, genre-blurring “Note To Self” feels like affirmation. “It’s like this voice in your head, like some Goddess from above, that’s giving you self-encouragement,” Stack says in a statement. “It’s OK to feel down, but embrace it because ultimately that gives way to moving forward and progress,” he continues. …

Empress Of: Call Me

LA-based singer/producer Empress Of (aka Lorely Rodriguez) has contributed the ’90s-tinted song “Call Me” to Floria Sigismondi’s The Turning soundtrack. Rodriguez wrote the tune with Lawrence and Yves Rothman (who produced the soundtrack, which also includes music by Courtney Love, Mitski, Kali Uchis and others). She says that the lustrous piece of dream-pop was created to be the film’s swan song.

Best of CH 2018: Listen Up

From synthpop to indie, disco-inflected bops and more, our favorite songs of the year

Each day, our editorial team listens to new music and shares favorites in the Listen Up section. Be it synth-pop, indie, experimental or beyond, the discoveries are always powerful. This year provided plenty of ammo—from the ferocious to the poetic, political and personal, delicate tunes, bops and more. While some artists represented are long-standing CH favorites, we were pleased to discover that many of our best-loved …