Empire of the Sun unveil new, three hour stretch of music

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By now, we’re all well aware that Empire of the Sun don’t like to do things by numbers. After being off-the-radar for good few years, last month the duo resurfaced to announce their second album Ice on the Dune would be coming this June. Though of course, Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore didn’t just go with your standard-issue press release to announce their return – instead, they released the cryptic trailer Discovery, which featured 20 seconds of new music and about two and a half minutes of an archaeology crew discovering cave drawings of the unmistakable duo. Better yet, that video was accompanied by an equally odd (and lengthy) story about the sun’s course across the sky, priests possessing the spirits of wild animals and the fate of an Emperor and Prophet. Naturally!

Now, they’ve given us another typically-unusual hint at what to expect from the long-awaited second album. Via their website, EOTS have released the ‘first transmission’ of the new record. So what is it? Titled Alive, said first transmission is a three hour ambient stretch of music. While there’s no official word on the story behind the 180 minutes, we’d wager it’s the album’s first single ‘stretched’ out. Chances are we’ll find out for sure soon – on their Facebook page, the duo announced they’re premiering their new single on triple j at 5pm.

But if that dreamy three hours tickles your fancy, you’ll want to catch the pair during Australia’s Vivid LIVE festival, where they’re premiering Ice on the Dune on May 30 and 31 at Sydney’s iconic Opera House. Dive into Alive below and make of it what you will.

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