Empathy test – Demons / Seeing Stars

If you’re a film geek like me, 80’s sci-fi has been a cult genre that has most likely hijacked a planet-sized portion of your adolescence. Apart from the low budget action and the weird and ridiculous fashion, the soundtrack was the most incandescent star of a films production – a constellation that synth pop duo, Empathy Test should have well and truly been apart of.

Hailing from the streets of London, Empathy Test are an innovative synth-savvy duo that will completely and nostalgically throw you back into an 80’s film world of cosmos. After discovering a mutual love for nineties guitar bands, underground dance music and eighties sci-fi (The Blade Runner in particular), vocalist Isaac Howlett and producer Adam Relf joined forces to create beautiful cinematic-like quality arrangements under the moniker of Empathy Test – a term taken from a Ridley Scott classic.

After garnering support from heavyweights such as BBC Introducing, MTV, Clash Music and PopMatters over their debut EP ‘Losing Touch’ the enigmatic duo are back with their new EP, ‘Demons’ – an enticing taste of what is to come from their forthcoming album. The new tracks deal with the human nature of jealousy that when fused with mesmerising and immaculate melodies spawns a double A-Side that no doubtfully deserves a spot in a coming sci-fi classic.

Take a listen to it here…

‘Demons’ a live favourite amongst fans, opens the EP with hypnotising vocals and shallow synths. As the song elevates with a robotic and haunting beat, we are encapsulated into an atmospheric world where one’s relationship through lyrics is brutally yet honestly defined by the blurred boundaries between love and hate.

‘Seeing Stars’ follows with a progressively captivating sparked synth beat that showcases a true melding of contemporary and 80’s nostalgic musicality. The tune dives into the deep ends of not only the emotional wrench of love but the physical. Before echoing out into a synth heavy galaxy, Empathy Test warn us in true form of sci-fi reference, that you should be cautious towards love because upon falling too hard, you will become starry-eyed.

With confessional lyrics and dreamy, haunting synth beats, ‘Demons’ cements Empathy Test as London’s most intelligent synth pop project of 2016. Although lurking with a sound alike to artists such as Purity Ring or M83, Empathy Test’s character is refreshing and stands authentically confident in today’s pop scene. It goes to say that for sci-fi geeks like us, nothing can be better than some irresistible melancholy lyrics in an EP that exudes synth fragments reminiscent to that of our favourite sci-fi classics.


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