Empire of the Sun-Discovery

Archaeologists have uncovered interglacial cave paintings between 4,200 and 8,000 years old, deep within a rock shelter in Mexico’s Guerrero Peninsula. The people of this region may have kept it secret, in order to harness its power. Inhabitants from the area are thought to be directly related to the “Empire of the Sun,” responsible for protecting the Earth from catastrophe for generations.

Their 2008 debut album was packed in 3 or 4 of the best alternative tracks I’d heard in years at the time (admittedly, the rest of the album wasn’t great), and whilst many have tried, few have managed to recreate the glittery, ethereal soundscapes of this duo since. They’ve pretty much kept their heads down since then, but return to the spotlight with the trailer for their upcoming Ice on the Dune album, directed by JJ Abrams.

It’s about as odd as you’d rightfully expect from the duo, combining a Prometheus-esque cave painting situation with the briefest of audio snippets, though one with promise that sounds like a very focused electro-pop style. Their music’s certainly cinematic, and this weirdly-engrossing visual definitely fits that bill. Their website suggests new releases are due on March 15th, March 22nd, March 29th, and April 8th, so let’s see what else we’re treated to ahead of that June album release.

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