Visitor

Empath - Visitor
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2022 Ratings: #93 / 330
User Score
Based on 136 ratings
2022 Ratings: #300
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
New Noise
It’s a record that embraces pop and jangle to an extreme but finds a way to be aggressive. It’s a true display of creativity, innovation, and pushing limits.
87
Northern Transmissions
Their sound is contagious and replayable, and though the songs go by quickly, they are packed with intricate parts that belie their brevity.
83
Beats Per Minute

To listen to Visitor is to imagine sitting on a park bench in a dilapidated post-apocalyptic Times Square overgrown with greenery and just soaking in the sounds of nature without any pollution or man-made noise.

82
Paste

Despite recording in a studio with a producer, the Philly band still thrive when their seams are showing.

80
Uncut

A wondrous, modernist mix of LiLiPUT, Hüsker Du and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

80
Mojo

The sleeve of Visitor is а handsome portrait of the interior of a hipster house. The paintwork is rose pink and margarine yellow, all the doors are ajar, but the house is empty and has a sinister chill about it. Which is the exact opposite feeling you get listening to the album.

80
Distorted Sound

Visitor captures emotions and the way we react to them in a full spectrum of colour, moving away from the fairly two dimensional monochrome approach, as nothing is inherently sad or happy.

80
Under The Radar
Though the album might not have any kind of clear fully-formed artistic mantra, it does offer a thrilling, acute feedback loop of a band rapidly reinventing and evolving.
70
Gigwise
The incendiary intro that carries throughout, is the staple to a listening experience that it is as inventive as it is deranged in parts.
70
God Is in the TV

It’s all about atmosphere, depth of feelings and flowing in and out of your comfort zone with this latest album by Empath.

66
Pitchfork
The second album from the Philadelphia noise-pop band comes with some great new sounds, but dials down some of the thrill and fervor that made their debut so exceptional.
SonicDiscovery
69

I can’t really pinpoint what is lacking in this newest release from Philly noise pop group Empath, but it’s just not grabbing me the same way their 2019 album Active Listening: Night on Earth did. The energy is still there with Garrett Koloski’s wild drumming and Catherine Elicson manic vocal being the loudest thing in the mix and catchy hook still grabbing me from the 2 minute peppiness of “Born 100 Times” or those striking guitar lines of “Elvis Comeback ... read more

prets
27

Genius of Evil • 6.7
Born 100 Times • 2
Diamond Eyelids • 2
Passing Stranger • 1.4
Corner of Surprise • 2
House + Universe • 3
Elvis Comeback Special • 2
80s • 2
V • 3
Bell • 2
Paradise • 2

EmiMoment
60

This album has a lot of very very very fun songs, I fucking LOVE their vocalist she brings such amazing energy to every song and the whole band just exudes this fun aura that's impossible not to be charmed by, but I find the muddy mixing to be a detriment sometimes no matter how much I love the aesthetic. Songs like Genius of Evil and 80s have mixes so muddy that they come off more as amorphous walls of sounds with nothing but the hooks shining through, the rest of the album uses the noisy, ... read more

GiorgioMotorola
80

I used to listen to Times New Viking and always wish they would write catchier songs, too.

EmiMoment
60

This album has a lot of very very very fun songs, I fucking LOVE their vocalist she brings such amazing energy to every song and the whole band just exudes this fun aura that's impossible not to be charmed by, but I find the muddy mixing to be a detriment sometimes no matter how much I love the aesthetic. Songs like Genius of Evil and 80s have mixes so muddy that they come off more as amorphous walls of sounds with nothing but the hooks shining through, the rest of the album uses the noisy, ... read more

MyStupidWorld
46

Unfortunately, the album rather bored me. It builds up tension but loses the momentum quite quickly.

Favourite Songs: Passing Stranger, Elvis Comeback Special

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Track List

1Genius of Evil
2:55
50
2Born 100 Times
2:08
80
3Diamond Eyelids
2:15
70
4Passing Stranger
4:07
80
5Corner of Surprise
1:01
60
6House + Universe
2:39
60
7Elvis Comeback Special
2:31
70
880s
2:15
60
9V
4:47
10Bell
3:06
70
11Paradise
2:53
85
Total Length: 30 minutes
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Added on: November 9, 2021