Empathy Test’s “Holding On”: Idolator Premiere

Robbie Daw | November 17, 2014 6:31 am

Empathy Test are a synth-savvy duo out of London who are set to release their second EP, Throwing Stones, soon on Brooklyn label Stars & Letters Records. Ahead of that, Idolator is premiering the pair’s track “Holding On,” which features icy keyboards and a beat straight out of 1983 courtesy of band member Adam Relf, as well as the haunting tenor of vocalist Isaac Howlett.

The pair tell us the following about their new track: “‘Holding On’ is an unusually abstract song for us, lyrically. It reflects society’s obsession with celebrity and in particular, celebrity death. Stylistically, it’s a nod to the drum machine-based synth pop pioneers of the early ’80s, with the clockwork high-hat mimicking the click of camera shutters.”

Slip into Empathy Test’s cool, dark world by giving “Holding On” a listen below

Hear more from Empathy Test’s Throwing Stones EP here.

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