Joe GransingerTuesday,30 April 2013

The Snap:

Australian pop group Empire of the Sun have released a video for their latest single, “Alive“. The track will be featured on their upcoming album “Ice on the Dune“, which is due out on June 18th. Empire of the Sun’s current discography is available on iTunes and Spotify.

The Download:

The electronic-duo had plenty of success when their debut album and hit single “Walking on a Dream” was released in 2008. The album won many awards including album of the year, single of the year, best group and best video. It also gave Empire of the Sun tremendous international success, as they have been near the top of almost every European chart throughout the years.

Let’s hope Empire’s new album will pick up right where the last one left off, because “Walking on a Dream” is one of the catchiest and most addictive songs ever recorded. The whole album was fairly solid, but not quite as energetic and appealing as the title track. Their newly released single has the same sound and style as the last album – which is good – but I’m left wanting something more out of the song. Empire of the Sun draws obvious comparisons from MGMT, and in this case, they are identical. Both groups have the potential to put out amazing songs, and while they rarely release a ‘bad’ song, some stand out above the rest. Unfortunately, I think “Alive” falls in with the rest, in this case. A good single, but not outstanding.

The video for ‘Alive‘ and the bands preview trailer for ‘Ice on the Dune’ also bring excitement of their own, as they were both filmed and directed by a division of J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions. Some serious theatrical skill went into those two videos, and it shows.

It’s still too early to get a full picture of what the album is going to sound like, but if “Alive” is a good indicator of things to come, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on.

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PitchforkEmpire of the Sun, Image Credit: Flickr

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