The biopic ... an epic in two acts
Act 1: "Walking On A Dream"
In 2008, the two Australian all-round musician and producer Luke Steele did (The Sleepy Jackson) and Nick Littlemore (Pnau) together and created together a number of tracks that seemed to come from another world: The post-apocalyptic-psychedelic creatures called Empire Of The Sun was born. Their debut album, "Walking On A Dream" sold worldwide over one million copies and brought several hit singles "We Are The People", "Walking On A Dream", "Standing on the Shore", "Without You" and "Half-Mast "forth. In a sense, a pioneer of EDM wave, they conceded fOr their empire Sound Proud 8 ARIA Awards in Australia (among others in the category "Album of the Year") and two BRIT Award nominations (including "Best International Album") and various other awards.
Your Live Show turned out in parallel as the ultimate highlight of the festival season: The production was so huge, the visuals so blatant - including dancing Swordfish Girls, bazookas and other special effects from the distant future (or past) - that their appearance at the Coachella festival 2011 was described as follows: "To knock away really, you needed neither MDMA, LSD or otherwise any mind-altering drugs: The Australian Sci-Fi Combo Empire Of The Sun was in fact much crass, and their show was really out of this world. "
Also for their incredibly casual-smart footage they have already celebrated more often - no wonder: visually break again and again in new corners of the universe - so that their videos now posted over 50 million views on YouTube. Less than 5 years after the merger of the two, they have with the current "Discovery" trailer (realized by Kelvin Optical, Inc. to Bad Robot belongs) and the first single "Alive" now begun the next chapter of Empire saga. ..
Act 2: The new album ... "Ice On The Dune"
Truly great musicians find themselves within the boundaries of Pop ever new ways and forms of expression: The number of combinations is infinite, the boundaries actually non-existent.
So here, too: "The new album is very much broader than its predecessor," says Emperor Steele. "We had to continue to paddle out to find what we were looking for. So Similar to big-wave surfers it looked, and the big waves, after which we were looking for were the song ideas."
With a total of 12 crystal clear-massive pop tracks from the distant future, is "Ice On The Dune" the logical continuation of the successful predecessor "Walking On A Dream": It is the wide-screen / canvas / oversize version, if you will, in hyper real HD quality. And of course, with surround sound.
"Good for us it's in the music always about those feelings to express, for the words just are not enough," says Lord Littlemore. "Just like you never really exactly the same can be said in two languages, music is the only thing that can at least beat emotionally such a bridge. For us, it's always about creating music that has something transcendental."
The result of a "stadium-world tour", as they say, with stops in New York City, Miami, Los Angeles and New Zealand, the title "Ice On The Dune" is a pop design, as you probably never heard of him (the nevertheless exactly triggers what will always cause pop the audience): It is music for the head, for the legs, for the heart and for the soul.
But let the Emperor and the Lord explain the scenes of the second act for yourself ...
Scene 1: "LUX"
Steele: "To write the song was a completely new experience for us The string arrangement comes from a classical composer named Henry Hay, the Nick knew from his work for the Cirque de Soleil.."
Littlemore: "Really every day we hear this song, before it started to work on new material." Walking On A Dream "acted of quasi add the music, and the aims for" Ice On The Dune "were compared already invested much higher: How would fire in all directions, such as electric arrows that come kick off our chest positive melodies ".
Steele: "This sounds as if the Empire ship is again docked in its home port - or just back breaks in the next battle."
Scene 2: "DNA"
Steele: "This is one of the last tracks we recorded this album in the fall, our objective was to trigger such a warm, almost glowing feeling in the listener. It is as if one is in front of the fireplace and your Labrador serve you as a pillow. "
Littlemore: "Yes, the Vibe is extremely relaxed definitely reminiscent far a little to the first album feels like the perfect environment as a place where everything is right where everything happens, so the touch. as if it was the right thing. "
Scene 3: "ALIVE"
Littlemore: "exuberance, you feel good, that's what - that is already contained in the line: 'so alive Loving every minute Because you make me feel', while almost sounds like a phrase from an advertising text, but may be true, when applied at the right. This is a feeling so intense that just anyone can identify with. "
Steele: "We recorded the piece between Santa Monica and Nicks Studio in New York and the sound is somewhat obliquely, that one must already say: Finally, the tempo changes continuously; once the track is full quickly, then full again slowly. . He swallowed a still, like quicksand. "
Scene 4: "CONCERT PITCH"
Littlemore:.. "The was already in the very first session in New York It was evening, and Luke left the studio, because he really just wanted to eat something he should, however, come back after two days, and when he reappeared, he was no longer the same. "
Steele: "A violent phase was: I was just on a world tour, and I had genuine stress So I went out and did it this explosive fun ... and then woke up sometime in the evening at eight again and just thought. ' Where am I? What happened here? ' Therefore, the first line: 'I do not want to be complicated', and from there the rest yielded almost as if by magic ".
Scene 5: "ICE ON THE DUNE"
Steele:. "The title track and also the title of the musical and the film on which we collaborate with Bad Robot It is about how the Emperor of headdress from King of Shadows stolen and the whole world becomes transformed into a mess. "
Littlemore: "That was quite a chunk work; and general, we ask each other really a lot in the studio and push us always mutually However, if the ideas come only once, then the result is an energy that we can almost compare with shamanism.. This piece is a good example. the energy that one hears as could so only arise because really everyone in the room had suddenly same vision "
Scene 6: "AWAKENING"
Littlemore: "We are always trying so that our music drifts into hyperreal and Fancy, and to achieve this effect, we actually use any means: Synthesizer, homemade sounds, sounds found, guest musicians, no matter the illustrated this track very well! Everything goes, and the result is this unbridled energy "!
Steele: "A spectacular track and another chapter in the long history of the Emperors and the prophets ..."
Scene 7: "I'LL BE AROUND"
Littlemore: "Good for me this one is the centerpiece of the album, along with 'Alive' The text brings perfectly to the point, as I felt at the time I had not seen my other half for two months, and.. I had simply times a message to the universe, and thus also to them submit. "
Steele: "I love this track, the melody was great from the start, but we have worked a total determined at eight different versions Somewhere we even so a Pet Shop Boys version of it and during the session watched Nick and I... us all the time and wondered: 'touches you that, deep in here, in the heart?' For that reason it had to be behind the ballad version. "
Scene 8: "OLD FLAVOURS"
Steele: "While working on this piece came constantly people and told us that it lacks vocal But once you add the song, it is a real song The mood is instantly a different way, it is just a perfect dance... track, more like the kind of song you would expect on an album by Daft Punk would.
Scene 9: "CELEBRATE"
Steele: "This is still such a candidate, with whom we had to fight quite a long time (laughs) Overall, we have written over 100 songs for this album, and." Celebrate "somehow wound repeatedly on our list of favorites, however more so. like the guy you only rausschmeißt of their own party to later discover that to get along again. is just as a piece that had to prove only what it draufhat actually. "
Littlemore: "The felt as if you can find a map whose symbols you but can not decipher, so do not know how it's done only after we have it then yes but still found out.."
Scene 10: "SURROUND SOUND"
Steele: "this track is with" arose Old Flavours ", ie during the first session, which took place in the Downtown Music Studios in New York Afterwards it was practically a permanent guest at the party, and somehow also wanted none that he again. goes. "
Littlemore: "We actually always looking for this one line of text that brings a universal feeling expressed 'There's a sound did follows us around' - because everyone knows of course immediately what it means.."
Scene 11: "DISARM"
Steele: "That we have written in Hollywood shortly before the end of the shoot, it was supposed to be a B-side, but then were somehow all agree that the track better was to come on the album, he was somehow so different and the... melody that can be heard in the bridge is found to be precise in each song on the album! "
Littlemore: "This is so much of a late-night track, pretty cool with this lightweight Jamaican reggae felling Luke's just an incredibly good singer His voice is so distinctive that you can install quietly edgy, rhythmic vocals because.. she with him still nice to come across melodic and funky. "
Scene 12: "KEEP A WATCH'"
Steele: "In this case, Nick wrote the text so is a kind of final message, which you can completely from the stack at the end of the adventure The Emperor says his reassuring words:.. 'I'll keep a watch over you guys. ' So in the sense of God Monitors either way everything we do. "
Littlemore: "The vocals are the way from Harlem Gospel Choir a pretty pompous hymn is:.. I see quasi Freddie Mercury in front of me, as he is the number in the spotlight for the benefit of final song was inspired while more of Pink Floyd and the Beatles ; we went there about putting a hopeful message as the conclusion of We live in very uncertain times, and the world needs people, others encourage to pursue their dreams, everything is possible in this world why it gets us in general... : We want to give the world this positive message on the way ".
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