Empire of the Sun Builds Buzz From Out Of Nowhere
Empire of the Sun Builds Buzz From Out Of Nowhere

After weeks of teasing, Empire of the Sun has finally premiered new material.

The Australian duo on Monday dropped “Alive,” the first song lifted from their upcoming sophomore set, “Ice on the Dune.”

“Alive” can be streamed below and is due for release Tuesday on iTunes. The track isn't a world-removed from Empire of the Sun’s earlier works. Essentially, "Alive" is a synth-bass driven electro-pop track, and it's constructed around an energetic chorus which sounds as though it's built for the festival stage.

“Ice on the Dune” should finally arrive June 14. It’s the follow-up to the group's 2008 debut, "Walking on a Dream," which notched them multiple ARIA and APRA Awards, Gold certification in the U.S. and two global hits, with the album’s self-titled first release and its follow-up “We Are the People.” To date, “Walking on a Dream” has shifted more than a million copies worldwide, according to EMI.

The critically-celebrated duo -- comprising Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore -- made a big splash in 2008 with their hook-filled electro pop songs and extravagant costumes. By the time Empire of the Sun had made its first live performance near the end of in 2009, Littlemore was focusing on his other project Pnau, leaving Steele to do the bulk of promotion for the album. It’s anticipated Littlemore will be fully on-board when the group hit the road in support of the album this summer.

In recent weeks, the group has kept its fans entertained -– possibly frustrated -- with a novel market campaign which has included a perplexing trailer, a motion poster, online puzzles and near-indecipherable messages from their support team.