Written by Pmachine 28 Apr 2017, 15:0018 Views
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Empathy Test is London-based electronic music duo Isaac Howlett (vocals) and Adam Relf (production). Currently performing their unique brand of emotive, '80s tinged synth pop across Europe with the help of Christina Lopez (drums) and Jacob Ferguson Lobo (keyboards), they have previously shared stages with everyone from The Japanese House to Bombay Bicycle Club. Following the success of 'Seeing Stars' and 'By My Side', Empathy Test are now set to drop new single 'Bare My Soul'.
'Bare My Soul' perfectly showcases the childhood friends' brooding, cinematic sound. Pulsating analogue synthesizers, combined with a staggered drumbeat and rolling toms, drive the track to a dazzling, euphoric chorus. Isaac's sombre vocals meanwhile, provide snapshots of poignant moments in his formative years, from a friend's early critique of his "deep and meaningful" song writing, to the death of a girlfriend's father.
"'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
With this release, Empathy Test once again demonstrate an effortless ability to translate the atmospherics of classic sci-fi soundtracks into an accessible contemporary pop structure and combine it with confessional lyrics that cut right to the core. Scheduled to arrive on the 21st April, 'Bare My Soul' kicks off a PledgeMusic campaign to fund the self-release of Empathy Test's debut album on the 23rd June.
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Parlophone are releasing Kraftwerk: 3-D The Catalogue next month, an audio/video document - available in a number of physical editions - that features all eight albums as performed live in the leading museums of the world in the last few years.
This set - which is available as a deluxe blu-ray box set, vinyl box, and CD set - features the eight classic Kraftwerk albums in chronological order: Autobahn (1974), Radio-Activity (1975), Trans Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978), Computer World (1981), Techno Pop (1986), The Mix (1991) and Tour De France (2003) - filmed and recorded between 2012 and 2016 on the band's 3-D World Tour. The locations include MoMA (New York), The Tate Modern Turbine Hall (London), Akasaka Blitz (Tokyo), Opera House (Sydney), Norske Opera (Oslo), Paradiso (Amsterdam), Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris) and Neue National Galerie (Berlin).
The 12 x 12-inch Deluxe Blu-Ray/Book edition features four Blu-Ray discs and a 236-page hardback art-book containing computer generated images from the 3-D multi-media performances alongside a selection of unseen photos. Two blu-rays cover the album performances, the other two discs contain tour films and projections. Everything is 3D but compatible with standard 2D. These all have Dolby Atmos 5.1 audio too, if you're amp is compatible! The total running time is 436 minutes.
The nine-LP deluxe vinyl box set has the eight albums (The Mix being a double) as performed across the world and mixed by Kraftwerk, who say the sound quality is "peerless". An eight-CD box set mirrors the vinyl package, but is considerably cheaper.
If all this is too much, then abriged 77-minute versions are available on two-LP vinyl and on both discs of a blu-ray+DVD combo pack
Written by Pmachine 26 Mar 2017, 15:0065 Views
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The town crier was unfortunately fully booked today so instead we are using the internet for this momentous announcement:
Our new album will be out on Jun 2nd 2017
It's called 'Home Counties'
It contains 19 'tracks' inspired by our bitter-sweet relationship with the eponymous shires that have always been part of our lives.
We recorded it in the summer and autumn of 2016 and it's co-produced by Shawn Lee of Wall Of Sound and Young Gun Silver Fox fame.
You can pre-order now on limited edition gatefold double vinyl, cd and of course cassette - with some exclusive extras - from our shop here.
Sarah Cracknell says: "We had so much fun writing for this album, drawing influence from our teenage years growing up in the home counties. Bob, Pete and I led almost parallel lives while I was in Windsor and they were in Surrey, developing our passion for music and London. Shawn Lee was a joy to work with, he's a wonderful multi-instrumentalist who seemed to have some kind of telepathy with us and translated our ideas perfectly. The record is quite varied in styles and brings together a little something from all our past albums whilst sounding completely new."
Bob Stanley says "Suburbia's anonymity is exactly why it's a source of inspiration. They said it couldn't happen here - and it didn't."
Whilst Pete added "We took a ride and ran with the dogs"
As a taster of what's to come we're streaming a special preview song from the album entitled 'Heather' here.
We set off on a UK tour in June but before that have three special warm up dates as follows....
Fri 26 Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Sat 27 Oxford Common People Festival
Wed 31 Barcelona Primavera Sound
Our tour kicks off in London on the day 'Home Counties' is released and we're pleased to be playing a few of our favourite venues....
Fri 02 London Royal Festival Hall
Sat 03 Cardiff Tramshed
Sun 04 Birmingham Town Hall
Tue 06 Bexhill De La Warr
Thu 08 Newcastle Sage
Fri 09 Edinburgh Queens Hall
Sat 10 Sheffield City Hall Ballroom
Sun 11 Manchester RNMC Concert Hall
Tickets for all of these go on sale at 9am this Friday and you'll find links to buy at our website here or by following us on Facebook and Twitter. We'll also be bringing you news of festival performances and a US tour in Sep/Oct later this week so stay tuned.