Empathy Test was formed in London (UK) in 2013, by childhood friends Isaac Howlett (vocals/songwriting) and Adam Relf (production/composition). The pair captivated listeners around the world with their debut track, Losing Touch. Since then, Empathy Test has self-produced and released three stunning albums: Losing Touch (Remastered) and Safe From Harm in 2017 and Monsters in 2020.

Empathy Test's "big dramatic sound swoons ecstatically between the nostalgic and immediate" (KCRW), earning them comparisons with classic acts such as
Depeche Mode and A Flock of Seagulls, as well as modern synth-pop acts like CHVRCHES, Purity Ring and Hurts.


Despite being offered more than their fair share of record deals, Empathy Test has chosen to make their own path, building a legion of dedicated fans while still managing to earn features from the likes of Vice on HBO, MTV's Catfish, Netflix, Fresh on the Net, BBC Introducing, Clash, LoBF, Earmilk, PopMatters and many more. Celebrity fans include legendary electronic musician Midge Ure and Boy George, who described them as “a musical orgasm” via his official Twitter account.


Empathy Test is: Isaac Howlett (vocals/songwriting), non-performing founder member Adam Relf (composition/ production) Christina Lopez (drums) and Oliver Marson (synthesisers).


Empathy Test full band press shot (2020). Left to right: Adam Relf, Christina Lopez, Isaac Howlett and Oliver Marson.

Touring band press shot (2020). Left to right: Christina Lopez, Isaac Howlett and Oliver Marson.

Touring band press shot (2020). Left to right: Christina Lopez, Isaac Howlett and Oliver Marson.

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  • Monsters - Album - 2020

  • Just Got Home: Best of 2014-19 - CD Compilation - 2019

  • Empty Handed - Single/EP - 2019


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Empathy Test Monsters Artwork 2020
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Empathy Test Losing Touch Remastered Artwork


"Mixing their trademark analogue synths with lashings of 80s influence, 'Vampire Town' sees Empathy Test employ their pop songwriting sensibilities on a huge, sweeping chorus. The haunting, repeated promise that “we will always be friends” twines through the song like an echo of a classic film soundtrack. It’s a song that wouldn’t sound out of places snaking into the soundtrack of Netflix series Stranger Things’ second season."
- The Line of Best Fit

"Gorgeous, sumptuous future pop which arrives dripping in synthesised sounds, there are nods towards Depeche Mode here alongside 21st century producers such as Purity Ring." - Clash

"Singer Isaac Howlett and producer Adam Relf have turned their childhood friendship into a delivery of multiple EPs that feature emotional electronic music with a depth in its measure." - Earmilk

"London duo Empathy Test deliver tear-streaked New Wave featuring twinkling synth pads and drum machine hits so wet (from the crying, presumably) that they’d throw Phil Collins into a jealous rage." Idolator

"[Empathy Test's Throwing Stones is] my Record of the Week. Loving this more and more with every listen."
- Abbie McCarthy, BBC Introducing

"Like M83, Purity Ring and CHVRCHES, artists Isaac Howlett and Adam Relf draw from pop and cinematic scores in equal measure and come up with a big dramatic sound that swoons ecstatically between the nostalgic and immediate." - KCRW

“A set of songs lovers of 80s synth pop will be drooling over the minute the first verse has been heard. More Visage than Mode, more pop than dance and not a smudge of eyeliner in sight." - Louder Than War


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