Empath announce new album, share “Diamond Eyelids”

The new single comes with an absurdist papier mache puppet music video.

November 09, 2021
Empath announce new album, share “Diamond Eyelids” Empath. Photo by Marie Lin.  

Philly art-rock four-piece Empath have announced a new album, Visitor, out February 11, 2022 on Fat Possum. Along with the announcement, they shared a new single: a murky, low-fi foot-tapper titled "Diamond Eyelids." Its Halle Ballard-directed video, also out today, features a papier-mâché marionette version of Empath dangling from unseen hands, tapping messily away at their papier-mâché instruments. Later, they emerge from a crude womb as singer/guitarist Catherine Elicson — dressed in a pregnancy suit — mimes a difficult delivery.


"This song was written stream of consciousness from a few pieced together memories I had,” Elicson said in a statement. “One of coming downstairs at my house one morning and unexpectedly finding a friend who lives on the other side of the country asleep on the couch, and the other memory was of when a friend used to travel from Chicago an hour and a half to the suburbs to work full time at a low paying Americorps job. Collaging memories in a way that created an emotional narrative about reaching for a fleeting moment of connection and familiarity."


Empath plays Baby's All Right in Brooklyn on Friday, November 19. Tickets are available via this link.

Watch the "Diamond Eyelids" video above and view Empath's January 2022 tour dates with Fucked Up below.

Empath/Fucked Up January 2022 Tour Dates

1/19 - Ottawa, CA - Club SAW
1/20 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz
1/21 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair
1/22 - New York, NY - Brooklyn Made
1/23 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
1/24 - Washington, DC - Union Stage
1/25 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
1/26 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
1/28 - Detroit, MI - Shelter

Empath announce new album, share “Diamond Eyelids”