Empire Of The Sun’s “Alive”: Hear Their Synth-Driven Comeback Single

Apr 15th, 2013 // 1 Comment
Empire of the Sun Alive Promo Photo

All our favorite dance acts are making a return, it seems: On the tails of Daft Punk‘s just-previewed “Get Lucky,” another high-drama synth-heavy duo have unveiled a new single — Australian glam-pop outfit Empire of the Sun, who made a big splash a few years ago with “Walking On a Dream” (most notably) and “We Are the People.” New single “Alive” is the first offering from their upcoming sophomore LP Ice On the Dune (because sure), and it’s pretty terrific.

Mercifully, their sound is intact, with the same lushly draped instrumentation driven by layers of icy synths and the same high, slightly dissonant vocals. But the beats come a little harder in this iteration, and the chorus is chantier than the gauzy swirls of their debut: The shouted refrain, “Loving every minute cause you make me feel so alive,” is more anthemic than ambient, even as it grows a little repetitive.  

But all things considered, “Alive” is a big surge of summer, cinematic and soaring. Throw it in a high-profile trailer or over the opening credits of an MTV show and it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see it get the same kind of traction that Icona Pop‘s “I Love It” has developed. It’s that good.

Listen below.

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  1. Jayme

    Once again, Australian dance acts prove they are the master of their genre. 2011 – Cut Copy, 2012 – The Presets & Flume. This year is the return of The Empire. Whilst Wil.I.Am did craft some magic on The END, he really got caught up in the David Guetta crap – after saying his influence to take BEP into a dance sound was The Presets, he sure as heck can’t craft anything remotely similar, or as good.

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