Ahead of the release of their new album Visitor this Friday (February 11), Empath have shared one more single from it called ‘Elvis Comeback Special’. Following previous offerings ‘Born 100 Times’, ‘Diamond Eyelids’, and ‘Passing Stranger’, the track arrives with an animated video directed by Halle Ballard. Watch and listen below.
Talking about the new single, vocalist Catherine Elicson said in a statement:
‘Elvis’ started as a discarded voice memo. Sometimes I’ll play little guitar parts and melodies into my phone and then not think anything of them until many months later. When I listen back it’s like listening to someone else’s music and I can hear the song more clearly. So I fleshed out all the parts, and when I brought it to the whole band, all these unexpected rhythms and melodies popped out of the song. The song came to life; that’s the most exciting part of collaborating as a band.
The lyrics took me the longest of any song to complete. The morning of the day I was to sing all my vocals in the studio, I was sitting outside a cafe hyped on caffeine and sweatily typing new words into my notes app. The lyrics deal with the feeling of uncertainty in yourself when you’re caught up in someone else’s world and you have to disentangle fantasy and cold reality. Because the song has these sharply rhythmic moments, Jake [Portrait] suggested I sing the lyrics really lazily as a contrast. The effect, though subtle, added a more compelling vibe to the whole song.