Empathy Test – Throwing Stones

Screen shot 2014-11-27 at 15.15.00Am I really writing about something that isn’t 90% guitars? Ah alright then, this track from Empathy Test is actually pretty boss. It’s full of all the 80s vibes that would have made it a surefire mainstay on the soundtrack of a classic cheesy film, the idea of throwing stones ‘at your window’ seems suitably 80s rom-com enough to make it the perfect fit.

What makes this song such a delight to listen to is the way that the synths never over-power the vocals, acting merely as supporting players to the star of the show – whilst not defining enough to be the voice of a generation, there’s not a pinch of criticism to be had for the vocals. The same could be said for the arrangement, each synth adds another unique slice of charm to a sound that doesn’t need to hype itself up to be special. There’s a fascinating aura created by this down-tempo, thoughtful beauty. It sounds as though the Pet Shop Boys have been given the chance to start all over again.

This is the sort of track that deserves visuals that will compliment its strengths and, if you close your eyes, you should be able to conjure up all sorts of splendid sparkling images. The music is full of a beautiful imagery that makes it a well-rounded, aurally pleasing piece of music.

Ciaran Steward

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