Earlier this year, Empath put out their excellent Liberating Guilt And Fear tape and soon after followed it up with the announcement of the Environments 7″. The 7″ was inspired by some field recordings from the ’60s and ’70s — one side of it is meant to represent wind and the other water. We’ve already heard the wind side, “Polyfoam,” and today their sharing its water counterpart, “Only One.”
The new song finds the Philadelphia band a little dreamier and more serene compared to some of their more in-your-face compositions, but it still feels like trying to find footing on shaky ground. “You’re the only one there,” the band feverishly sings around each other.
“You can take it all in/ Yeah, you can take it all in,” Catherine Elicson roars towards the end, building to an indelible yip that bleeds into the more ambient side of the track, which consists of waves of white noise crashing against a shore mixed with some otherworldly-sounding blips. As with every Empath song, it’s a little bit of everything all at once.
The Environments 7″ is out today via Get Better Records. Order it here.