Monday, April 10, 2017

Track Of The Day :: Empathy Test - Bare My Soul

Words: Sam Geary

Last featured here with 'Demons' from their double A-side single (w/'Seeing Stars'), the darkly atmospheric London electronic duo Empathy Test - Isaac Howlett and Adam Relf (a four-piece live - now return with more of Howlett's absorbing vocals and 80s-tinged synthpop with new single 'Bare My Soul'.

Released on April 21, ‘Bare My Soul’ perfectly showcases the childhood friends’ brooding, cinematic sound. A subdued opening of pulsating analogue synths combine gradually with a staggered drumbeat and rolling toms, leading to a euphoric chorus.

In an accompanying statement the duo explain the song: “’Bare My Soul’ is literally about doing just that; baring one's soul. Isaac was initially inspired by a radio documentary he heard about Kurt Cobain, in which someone said, “[Kurt] had this ability to...bare his soul, in a way that no one else could”. The music mirrors that feeling of release when you finally get things off your chest, moving from the dark, suffocating tightness of the verses into the bright, open space of the choruses. The people in the song; Stephen, Blythe, Cassandra and Sophie, are all real people that Isaac encountered growing up."

Empathy Test play Liverpool Sound City on May 28.

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