Since Empathy Test's conception in January 2013, the London-based electronic pop act has self-produced and released two stunning albums (Losing Touch and Safe From Harm, both in 2017) and a string of memorable singles. Their "big dramatic sound that swoons ecstatically between the nostalgic and immediate" (KCRW) has won them critical acclaim, a legion of dedicated fans worldwide, and features from the likes of Vice on HBO, MTV's Catfish, Netflix, KCRW, BBC Introducing, Clash, LoBF, Earmilk, PopMatters and many more. Boy George recently described them as “a musical orgasm” via his official Twitter account.
Empathy Test released the first taste of their forthcoming third album, Monsters, in October 2018, in the form of a new double a-side single Holy Rivers / Incubation Song. Clash Music wrote that the new material, featuring "shimmering synths, glacial electronics, and heartrending vocals", illuminated the band's "potent creativity".
A second single, Empty Handed, was released in June 2019, to coincide with a headline UK tour. Fresh on the Net called it a "dark, anthemic electro-pop tune layered with a sense of desperation". The band also released a North America-only 'Best of' compilation, 'Just Got Home' to coincide with their first North American tour in September 2019.
Empathy Test are Isaac Howlett (vocals / songwriting), Christina Lopez (drums / backing vocals), Oliver Marson (synthesisers / backing vocals) and non-performing fourth member Adam Relf (composition / production).
Monsters - Album - 2020
Just Got Home: Best of 2014-19 - CD Compilation - 2019
Empty Handed - Single/EP - 2019
Holy Rivers / Incubation Song - Single/EP - 2018
Safe From Harm - Album - November, 2017
Losing Touch (Remastered) - Album - 2017
Everything Will Work Out - Single/EP - 2017
Bare My Soul - Single /EP- 2017
By My Side - Single/EP - 2017
Demons / Seeing Stars - Single/EP - 2016
Throwing Stones Remixed - EP - 2015
Throwing Stones - EP - 2014
Losing Touch - EP - 2014
Empathy Test: https://www.empathytest.com/
"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