By Amanda DK

Artist: Empress Hotel
Origin: New Orleans, LA
Label: Park The Van
Latest Release: Empress Hotel EP (February 2011)

It’s not often that I stumble across new bands from New Orleans.  I’m not sure why that is.  I’m certainly not avoiding the state.  I never realized that was even the case until I began investigating Empress Hotel.

The Big Easy masters of melodic pop have successfully broadened my perception of the sounds that could emerge from the state.  Their catchy confections have a carefree sway that one might associate with the South, but on the whole feels more modest. Rock guitars carry sunny harmonies laced with falsetto and elevated by twinkling keyboard flourishes. I recommend checking it out now, but be prepared to give it a spin this Spring, their music is more May than October.

Released last February, their self-titled debut EP can be heard on their Bandcamp page, and purchased on iTunes for $5.00