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/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