"Let's talk about becoming fragile, when hearing music can leave your body shaking and fingers twitching across goose pimpled skin. Or when the sound and tones don't leave your head. Beautiful, yes, but not in the right direction of healing. Empty, damaging, yet it's still beautiful... This Empress LP may be my favorite record of the year. It calls to mind the sparseness of Low and mysteriousness of Movietone, a little more lo-fi with the absolutely breathtaking and heartachingly fragile voice of Nicola... If you aren't shivering by the time Nicola sings "don't give up on me..." well, then the world is a prerfect place and there is no unhappiness." Kickbright, 1999.
A perfect embodiment of the philosophy that less is more. This is nocturnal music, best appreciated in the small hours. -- Forced Exposure, 2000
Knitting the straggled echoes of loss and sadness into beautiful fragments... -- Konketsu, 2000
Sparse music that's unsettling and beautiful... -- Opus, 2000