November 8, 2017
EMPATHY TEST SHARES “ALL IT TAKES” TRACK VIA ATWOOD MAGAZINE ‘EVERYTHING WILL WORK OUT’ EP OUT NOW ‘SAFE FROM HARM’ AND ‘LOSING TOUCH (REMASTERED)’ LPS OUT 11/17
LISTEN & SHARE: Empathy Test – “All It Takes”
LISTEN & SHARE: Empathy Test – “Everything Will Work Out”
“lush, visceral and with deeply reflective lyrics… recalls the likes of Depeche Mode and Yaz”
Empathy Test shares new LP track “All It Takes” via Atwood Magazine, who says the track is “the musical manifestation of midnight shivers and twilight feelings”. The duo explains that “on the surface the track is about a new relationship, but it also comes at a poignant time when we’re finally releasing not one but two debut albums, and things are about to get even more exciting. Just like love, success has a habit of giving and taking away”. Empathy Test will be releasing two LPs, Safe From Harm and Losing Touch (Remastered), next Friday, November 17th, both of which contain remastered versions of previously released material as well as brand new tracks. You can pre-order the LPs here.
Empathy Test was formed in 2013 by childhood friends Isaac Howlett and Adam Relf. Sharing a mutual love for all things sci-fi, the London-based duo draw inspiration from ‘80s movie soundtracks, ‘90s guitar bands and underground dance music. Their name, borrowed from Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi masterpiece, Blade Runner, gives a clue to the DNA of a band that, since its conception just three years ago, has self-released a string of meticulously layered, life-affirming Synthpop tracks that have won them both critical acclaim a legion of dedicated fans worldwide.
The twin debut albums, Safe From Harm and Losing Touch, represent the culmination of four years’ work from Howlett and Relf, who, in a now wholly over saturated synth scene, have used their considerable talents to form an enthralling, standalone identity. Starting out with the dark, melancholy nightscapes of early tracks like their debut, ‘Losing Touch’, which has now had over half a million plays on Spotify, the duo’s sound has continuously evolved, propelling them towards the genre-defying territory reserved for the likes of other UK acts like Editors, Hurts and White Lies.
Fiercely independent, the band remains unsigned, having already turned down their fair share of record deals in favour of crowdfunding their twin debut albums via PledgeMusic. The hugely successful campaign is now 600% funded and counting, showing the huge weight of support they have behind them. Despite the lack of label-backing, they’re also turning in the kind of Spotify streams you would expect from the latest industry-backed buzz band, with their last single Bare My Soul already having racked up 85K+ plays.
Previously featured by the likes of Vice on HBO, MTV’s Catfish, XFM, KCRW, BBC Introducing, Clash, Idolator, Earmilk, PopMatters and many more, Empathy Test perform live with the help of Christina Lopez (drums) and Samuel Winter-Quick (keyboards). Catch them on 25th November at London’s Zigfrid von Underbelly for their album launch or in December, when they join The Human League at the UK’s Electric Dreams Weekender, before embarking on their first headline tour of Germany.