Losing Touch EP

by Empathy Test

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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.

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© ℗ 2014 Empathy Test

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released 28 February 2014

Written, recorded and released by Empathy Test (Adam Relf and Isaac Howlett) in 2014.

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UK Electronic Pop duo featuring Isaac Howlett & Adam Relf. As heard on MTV Catfish, XFM, KCRW, BBC Introducing, Clash, Idolator, Earmilk & PopMatters. Losing Touch, Throwing Stones and Throwing Stones Remixed EPs out now in all digital stores. Purchase on CD via Bandcamp. ... more

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Track Name: Losing Touch
Scared of losing touch
If I really mean that much
Why pretend that you love him?
Don't call me out the blue
It's clear that I still do
And you know he knows it too.
Going home alone
The only love I've known
It's always been you.
It's always been you.

Tell me it's not real
Tell me he doesn't make you feel
The way I made you feel
If you care for me at all
You'll hang up when I call
You'll clear me the space to fall
If you give I will receive
And despite what they believe
It's always been you.
It's always been you.
It's always been you.

When you're feeling alone
And you're colder than stone
Call me you know
When you're feeling alone
And you're colder than stone
Call me you know
When you're feeling alone
And you're colder than stone
Call me you know
When you're feeling alone
And you're colder than stone
Call me you know

When you're feeling alone
And you're colder than stone
Call me you know

It's always been you.

When you're feeling alone
And you're colder than stone
Call me you know

It's always been you.

When you're feeling alone
And you're colder than stone
Call me you know

It's always been you.

When you're feeling alone
And you're colder than stone
Call me you know

It's always been you.

It's always been you.
Track Name: Kirrilee
You remind me
Of places, I have never been.
You take me to places
I wish that I had seen with my own eyes.
But you know that I'm happy here
Staring into yours.
Light another cigarette now honey
Mix another snake bite and black.

We've only a short while here
To be, ourselves
We're only a short while here
So just be yourself now Kirrilee.

I caught my mouth upon
The stud, on your lower lip.
I tossed you the paperclip to unlock the door, unlock the door but you
Stepped right inside of me...
We're only a short time here so just be
Yourself now Kirrilee.

We've only a short while here
To be ourselves.
We've only a short while here
To be ourselves.
We've only a short while here
To be ourselves.
We're only a short while here so just be
Yourself now Kirrilee.

We've only a short while here
To be ourselves.
We've only a short while here
To be ourselves.
We've only a short while here
To be ourselves.
We're only a short while here so just be
Yourself now Kirrilee.
Track Name: Last Night On Earth
She sings me the saddest of songs
I cannot help but sing along
Forever after in my head.

There'll be no stopping once she starts
The eternal burden of the queen of my heart
I wanna be free but can't let go.

She doesn't really know why.

I feel so tired I could die
Leave my window open wide
Let my spirit feel the night.

Now I have nothing more to say
I said to much now anyway
Lead me out into the night

The last night on earth.

And it's you
Running rivers through me
It's like you always knew me
From the moment of my birth
You'll be the death of me.

It's you
Running rivers through me
It's like you always knew me
from the moment of my birth
You'll be the death of me.

And now I have nothing more to say
I said to much now anyway
Lead me out into the night.
Track Name: Where I Find Myself
If it wasn't for the loneliness then
I could bear the solitude of
These terrible silences
These, horrific injuries are
Simply where I find myself now

Where I find myself.

And I've been down so long now that
It just looks like up to me and
These terrible silences
These, horrific injuries are
Simply where I find myself now

Where I find myself.

We bury ourselves deep inside with the
Things we cannot vocalise and
These terrible silences
These, horrific injuries are
Simply where I find myself now

Where I find myself.

But even as my back is turned
You're, undoing all the things we've learned
These terrible silences
These, horrific injuries are
Simply where I find myself now
Where I find myself.

Where I find myself.

Where I find myself.