April 15, 2013 9:30

Empire Of The Sun premiere new track

'Alive' is first taste of new album 'Ice On The Dune'

Empire Of The Sun premiere new track

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Empire Of The Sun have premiered the first track from their forthcoming second album on Australian radio station Triple J – scroll down to hear the track.

Titled 'Alive', the song is a synth-heavy, bass-driven electropop song reminiscent of the duo's 2009 debut 'Walking On A Dream'.

Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore will release 'Ice On The Dune' this summer. A press release for the album updates the fantastical story attached to the project, as follows: "Once, the world was pure. It was the Emperor and the Prophet who kept it thus. Each day, they charted the sun’s course across the sky, guided rivers down from mountain peaks, brought rains to quench raging fires. With the aid of their four priests, who possessed spirits of wild animals, they travelled the world tirelessly, maintaining nature’s delicate balance, allowing all things to grow and flourish – always with the aid of the sacred jewel held atop the Emperor’s crown."

"But one night, as the Emperor slumbered, recovering from his labours, true darkness appeared. The King of Shadows, ever the bitter foe of the Empire, and all it had achieved, crept into their temple. Craving the Emperor’s power, he stole the jewel from his crown-- and in an instant the world was changed. Robbed of the bulk of his power, the Emperor and the Prophet watched helplessly as their temple was torn asunder, and their priests cast far out into the world. But even in that moment, when all appeared lost, there was one thing that the King of Shadows black heart simply could not have imagined... The Emperor and the Prophet have never abandoned hope."

Empire Of The Sun are confirmed to headline UK festival Wilderness in August alongside Tribes, King Krule and Noah And The Whale.

Click the Soundcloud link below to hear 'Alive' and let us know what you think of the track in the comments.



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