Empire of the Sun working on new album?
It wasn't exactly a quiet 2014 for Empire of the Sun. Though the band performed at some of the biggest music festivals around the world, the one thing it remained mum on was the chance of recoding a brand new album before the year was through.
Back in April 2014, Luke Steele told Rolling Stone, "The band is so unpredictable. One person needs to be in New York where it's raining, someone else needs to be in California where it's sunny. We're kind of funny that way, and it's frustrating at times… but it's really on God's timetable; it says in the bible you need to be sharp, like a sword. You have to be ready. You've gotta be like, a professional hippie. You need to make music because you love it."
As the year closed out, the Australian duo shared a new contribution to the "Dumb and Dumber To" soundtrack. The cut "Wandering Star" was called "surprisingly sleepy" by Spin.com, while Empire of the Sun also contributed the tracks "Tonight" and "Alive" (from 2013's "Ice on the Dune).
Nick Littlemore announced in late 2014 that the duo is working on its third studio album, which will be titled "Every Ocean Tells a Story," which will feature the song "Common Ground." When he was asked about the genre for the album, Littlemore said, "We have left the club and returned to the fields of flowers, it's so beautiful in the daylight."
11/24/13: The future remains bright for Empire of the Sun, who kicked the year off right when they revealed the debut trailer for their sophomore album "Ice on the Dune" back in March. Some big names were attached to the project, including Kelvin Optical, Inc., a production division of Bad Robot, and the video itself was directed by J.D. Dillard. A month later came the lead single, "Alive."
Alive is what this band has been, for sure. They tore through the summer festival circuit as part of a larger North American tour, and made headlines for the fog-shrouded, laser-filled spectacular that is their live show. Along for the ride have been names like Basic Vacation, who was a guest-performer at their recent stretch of Concerts at the Cove.
"Ice on the Dune" was the follow-up to the group's monster 2008 hit "Walking on a Dream," which was nominated for two BRIT Awards by the British Recording Industry Trust. Thus the global media attention was already there when it came time to release "Ice on the Dune," but it was amplified by an interview Luke Steele did with the music publication NME in August 2013 at the Sziget Festival in Budapest. During the interview, he compared the project with Daft Punk's 2013 album release "Random Access Memories," stating, "They had a great marketing campaign, but we've got better songs."
Empire of the Sun recently played the Life is Beautiful Festival in downtown Las Vegas, and will continue bringing their multi-sensory experience to fans on the now World Tour, with stops in Australia and New Zealand through December.
Aussie Stars Find Instant Chemistry (Updated November 28, 2012)
Known as an utterly eccentric electro-glam-pop duo, Empire of the Sun consists of alt rocker Luke Steele and musician/producer Nick Littlemore. The two Aussies found instant chemistry after a chance meeting at a bar in 2000, and have collaborated on various projects for more than a decade.
First introduced by a music executive at a bar in Sydney, Steele and Littlemore first worked together in 2003 on the song "Tell the Girls I'm Not Hangin' Out," which appeared on Sleepy Jackson's 2003 debut album, "Lovers." At the time Steele fronted the alt rock band, while Littlemore worked with electronic act Pnau and was also a member of the rock band Teenager.
Once the pair came together as a duo, success was almost instantaneous. They consulted on material for a debut album over several months, then met in the studio to bring together the entire project. The end result was "Working on a Dream," released in October 2008. It debuted at number eight on the ARIA (Australian music) chart and pulled in generally favorable reviews from critics. The title track was also nominated for Song of the Year at the 2009 Australian Performing Rights Association awards, and the duo took home five of the six awards it was nominated for by ARIA.
In July 2011 it was announced Empire of the Sun was working on a sophomore album. The announcement came after a bizarre string of incidents in which Littlemore had been 'missing' for five months and media reports suggested the two artists had a falling out. Littlemore shot down the rumors and suggested his work with Cirque du Soleil had made it impossible for the duo to tour.
Steele and Littlemore are said to be working with Sydney-based musician Donnie Sloan on the upcoming album, but no other information has been made available.
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