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The retro-infused slice of electro-pop premiered on American radio station KROQ’s Kevin & Bean Show overnight, and established itself as an instantly memorable foot-tapper.
“I guess it just shot out of our hearts like an arrow and it travelled across many oceans and it landed in the bullseye,” Emperor Nick Littlemore told the hosts.
“It was about this girl I knew when I was a kid called Alice D who was kind of a wild child. She did all kinds of crazy things.
“There’s an Australian film called The Year My Voice Broke, I don’t know if you’re familiar with it, but there’s a girl in that that kind of lives a mysterious life. We wanted to write a song that captured the innocence and bravery of youth, and being a teenager, and having these kind of experiences where you throw caution to the wind and you try things for the first time.”
However, it seems to us that “Alice D” could also be a metaphor for something else that young people often try for the first time, and that can potentially make you “high and low”…
Are the Empire Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds-ing us here? You be the judge.
Meanwhile, when asked whether they’d be touring following the October 28th release of their new album, the fellas coyly replied “something like that”, so we have official permission to start getting excited.
“There’s a lot coming towards you guys from the Empire in the next 6,7,8,9 weeks/months/years,” Littlemore teased. “We’ve been putting a lot of time and energy into this, creating a kaleidoscope of love… We love you, we care about you, we think about you.”
The follow-up to 2013’s Ice On The Dune was co-produced by the Empire lads and Peter Mayes (Sia, the Killers, Mika) and features a bunch of high-profile contributions from the likes of Lindsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac, Wendy Melvoin (from Prince’s band the Revolution), plus pianist Henry Hey and bassist Tim Lefebvre from David Bowie’s Blackstar band.
Catch your first lick of Two Vines, High And Low, below.
Listen: Empire Of The Sun – ‘High And Low’