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Video of the Day #77: Empire of the Sun

 
By on Tuesday, 9th June 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

In a week of weird videos (seen MGMT’s new one? Shocking), I was relieved to see the new Empire of the Sun video for their new single, Standing on the Shore, is an amazingly multicoloured affair, really quite a crazy and glorious video that will have you watching time and time again.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDOIi27AgFk[/youtube]

 

Competition: WIN Empire of the Sun’s Album

 
By on Wednesday, 18th February 2009 at 4:17 pm
 

Empire of the Sun - We Are the PeopleWhen we first introduced you to Empire of the Sun in December we tipped them for big things. They’ve started getting absolutely massive recently, popping up all over the place.

Think MGMT, but even trippier and celestial. I can’t even begin to describe how much I’ve grown to love this album, it’s, well, just amazing. I loved MGMT’s singles, and whilst Empire of The Sun has no “Time To Pretend” or “Kids”, it is much more consistent.

To go with the release of their shiny new album, “We Are The People“, we have  TWO (yes, not one, but TWO) copies up for grab. All you have to do is enter your name and address in the form below and we’ll pick two names at random and get back to you if you’ve won.

The competition closes at 8pm on Friday night (though this may change to later if I get a good offer for Friday night!), and we’ll hopefully post out the CDs on Monday. Unfortunately, we can only send it within the UK. Sorry.

8pm, Friday 20th February: Please note: This competition is now closed. I will be getting in touch with the winners shortly.

Congratulations to Susie and Jon for winning the competition!

 

Bands to Watch #55: Empire of the Sun

 
By on Wednesday, 17th December 2008 at 10:48 am
 

Empire of the Sun - We Are the PeopleThis week, I’d like to introduce Empire of the Sun. The Australian duo consist of Luke Steele, frontman of The Sleepy Jackson and Nick Littlemore of Pnau. Littlemore also used to be a member of Teenager alongside fellow-Aussie, Ladyhawke (who we told you about a few weeks back).

Enough about their past antics, however, as I am here to tell you about the guys’ current project which has gained them a BBC Sound of 2009 nomination. Empire of the Sun’s mystical electronica sounds are simply sublime. Their colourful synths are set to take you on a wondrous journey through time and space. Empire of the Sun are both nostalgic yet incredibly futuristic and alien all at once. Their exotic nature is captured perfectly in the fantastical Walking On A Dream video, which you can check out here.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmM2RwlxGt0]

Walking On A Dream, which was released as a single earlier this year, was a particular success in the band’s home country, reaching the top 20. Empire of the Sun’s hugely anticipated album of the same name, is set to be released in the U.K early in 2009.

It’s unsurprising that comparisons have been drawn between the duo and Brooklyn-band MGMT. If you were a fan of Oracular Spectacular, then I definitely recommend you check out these guys. Other influences I hear pulsating from Empire of the Sun’s sci-fi beats include Prince and Scissor Sisters. Certainly a colourful mixture and certainly an exciting band. Empire of the Sun are ones to look out for next year.

Empire of the Sun’s debut album We Are The People is released in the UK on February 9th 2009. Pre-order it from Amazon here.

 

Daily Roundup: 5th December

 
By on Friday, 5th December 2008 at 10:32 pm
 

I know, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts.

First up, following on from Mike‘s posts about his tips for BBC’s Sound of 2009 competition (part 1 here, part 2 here), they’ve announced the longlist, which features no less than FIVEartists we have already featured on TGTF. The longlist sees Dan Black (who we featured here and here, and is pictured, right), Florence and the Machine (who we introduced here), La Roux (who we introduced here), White Lies (who we gave details of their tour here).  VV Brown has also been tipped in comments around the site too. On the longlist, they’re joined by:The Big Pink, Empire of the Sun, Frankmusik, Kid Cudi, Lady GaGa, Little Boots, Master Shortie, Mumford & Sons, Passion Pit and The Temper Trap.

Phew, there’s a lot of new music there! To conteract the newness of those, we bring you an oldie but a goldie: Tom Jones, but as you’ve never seen him before….

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw6zHg7DzWo]

If that’s not some clever CGI, I don’t know what is…

Our friends over at Gig Junkie have pointed out that they have a lot of pretty amazing competitions going at the moment – if times are tight for you, pop on over and enter a competition or two – they have the chance to win tickets to see Kings of Leon, VIP style.

It seems rather a lot of you love Nickelback (pictured, right, and who incidentally are on tour next year… see my seamless link there?), so you might want to check out some exclusive tracks they played in the USA recently. I’ve had “Gotta Be Somebody” stuck in my head recently, and got to admit that slowly they’re getting under my skin!

Our friends over at Winston’s Zen have just posted their new monthy Zen list of all things great and free in MP3 land – check it out and have a listen.

Right, I think that’s it for tonight… I’m off to have a listen to those of the BBC Sound of 2009 longlist nominees that I don’t know much about, and Winston’s Zen’s new MP3s….

 
 
 

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