Philadelphia’s Empath share their latest single ‘Born 100 Times’, via Fat Possum Records.
The first offering since the quartet’s critically acclaimed 2019 debut record, ‘Active Listening: Night On Earth’, ‘Born 100 Times’ is a riotous display of mischievous sentiment that charismatically re-introduces the world to the earnest freak-out that is, Empath.
With an emotive range that shimmies restlessly between the hook-laden sincerity of Dutch darlings Pip Blom, and the leisured alt-fuzz of The Lovely Eggs, in ‘Born 100 Times’, Empath re-structure the meaning of captured joy, and then offer out morsels of enthusiastically chewed pluck to anyone with a taste for living in the moment.
A total treasure of flurried nostalgia and tastefully-curated chaos- like a bottomless trunk of assorted silk scarves in the in the window of an overflowing retro-store, Empath emulate adolescent familiarity, perky-patchwork-Pop and in their own words: “uninhibited fun”, with a genuine eye (or rather, ear) for self-sustainable goodness.
Whether you’re ready or not, there’s something here for the gleeful thrill-seeker in us all. Brief, semi-sweet and ever-so-slightly exhausting, ‘Born 100 Times’ may only have a temperament lasting two-minutes, but rest assured their madcap eagerness will, to some degree, sweep you off your feet.
Photo by Marie Lin
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