When I first started Aimless Skylarking, I had no idea what I was doing. Some would say I still don't, but that's a discussion for another day. During those early days, all I wanted to write about was the guitar driven rock and roll bands I liked. I'd not opened myself to many different styles of music. One was synth-pop. In my mind, I argued that the style had its best days in the 80's and only the legends of the genre could still pull it off. However, I wouldn't be writing this right now if I wasn't wrong.
Chvrches caused me to reconsider my stance, and then a London synth-pop caught my eye with their name, Empathy Test, a reference to the movie Blade Runner. Being a fan of Sci-Fi author Philip K. Dick, author of source material for the movie, I was intrigued. And then I heard the opening of 'Losing Touch' and I was immediately swept back to the 80's. But it was more than a nostalgia thing. It sounded vintage, but also fresh and new. Since then, the band has released 2 EPs and are currently working on their debut LP. At their last show of the year at Hoxton Square Bar (have been there, nice venue) the band performed two unreleased tracks. All we have is fan footage, quite good if you ask me, but it has me excited for the LP. Check out 'Walk Right Out' and 'Seeing Stars' below.