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Empathy Test - Throwing Stones EP (2014)
Category: Electronic | Date: 10.12.2014 14:49
ARTIST.... Empathy Test
TITLE....... Throwing Stones EP
STYLE...... Synthpop, Synthwave
LABEL...... Stars & Letters Records
QUALITY.... 320kbps / Joint-Stereo
The empathy test in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is based on the premise
that machines, no matter how advanced, lack compassion. But for
childhood friends, Isaac Howlett (vocals) and Adam Relf (production),
Empathy Test is all about wearing their hearts on their digital sleeves.
With soaring synthetic chords, precision beats, and jubilant 80s
melodies — all coated in soft, irresistible melancholy — the
London-based duo takes inspiration as much from modern acts like
CHVRCHES and Purity Ring, as it does from Vangelis and Depeche Mode.
But, instead of sounding like a mere update of 80s’ electro, Empathy
Test produce a mesmerizing and immersive identity which sets them apart
from pretty much everything else currently on the scene. Shadows envelop
hymns, a note sustains too long, a lyric confesses too much: It’s the
heart of darkness, not compassion, that beats slow and steady.
While the lingering nighttime aesthetic that Relf conjures up provides
the initial hook, Howlett’s vocal mastery pushes the stakes ever higher,
providing the urgency and romanticism to Relf’s crystalline production.
Little wonder that the duo has amassed a sizable and passionate online
following: With an insistence on glorious hooks and instantly memorable
vocal lines, Empathy Test are refreshingly unafraid to be pop music.
Since self-releasing their debut EP “Losing Touch” in February, Empathy
Test have picked up thousands of fans via sheer word-of-mouth and
late-night tweets, and collaborated with Richard Swarbrick on numerous
viral animation videos for ESPN and Liverpool FC. Empathy Test signed to
Brooklyn’s Stars & Letters Records in the spring of 2014, with
their follow-up EP “Throwing Stones” releasing December 09, 2014.
01. Throwing Stones [04:02]
02. Here Is The Place [03:24]
03. Holding On [04:09]
04. Hope For Me [03:25]
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