November 16, 2017
EMPATHY TEST STREAMING NEW ALBUMS VIA POPMATTERS ‘SAFE FROM HARM’ AND ‘LOSING TOUCH (REMASTERED)’ LPS OUT TOMORROW 11/17
LISTEN: Empathy Test – ‘Safe From Harm’ LP
LISTEN: Empathy Test – ‘Losing Touch (Remastered)’ LP
LISTEN & SHARE: Empathy Test – “All It Takes”
“the musical manifestation of midnight shivers and
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 are now streaming both of their new LPs via PopMatters, who describes ‘Safe From Harm’ as “the sunnier and more cinematic of the two releases”, and ‘Losing Touch (Remastered)’ as “a post-apocalyptic synthpop paradise”. Both LPs are available everywhere tomorrow, November 17th. They contain remastered versions of previously released material as well as brand new tracks. You can 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.