The new project from Empire of the Sun’s Luke Steele just announced their debut album

The new project from Empire of the Sun’s Luke Steele just announced their debut album

Words by Tom Parker

The self-titled record is out on Friday September 17.

An extraterrestrial being is evolving in a realm far far from here. Steeped in futuristic pop, electronic music and alluring lyricism, H3000 is the new embodiment of Luke Steele (Empire of the Sun, The Sleepy Jackson) and Jarrad Rogers (Charli XCX, Lana Del Rey).

The project’s first single, ‘July Heat’, came in March, and today the duo have revealed their second track alongside news of a debut album. Musically, ‘Running’ is just as alien as it’s predecessor, and explores the heartache of lost friendship and finding the strength to persevere.

Words are very powerful; they hold poison or peace, hope or heartbreak. The song ‘Running’ talks about taming the tongue and understanding the strength it has.” Steele says of the song.

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‘Running’ is one of the most personal songs on the outfit’s debut self-titled album, set for release on Friday September 17. It sounds like the perfect soundtrack for a poignant scene from Interstellar, with production that feels just as earnest and emotive as its lyrics.

“Running is special to me because it was one of the first records Luke and I collaborated on,” Rogers says of the song. “I still remember getting a rough vocal through from Luke, pressing play, and by the time I’d heard the chorus, I was in such awe that I’d thrown my phone to the other side of the room.”

While many space movies bear sad endings, as adventures into the stratosphere prove too perilous, H3000’s narrative is fuelled with hope, something which will be a notable theme of their debut album.

The release of ‘Running’ comes alongside a transcendent new video built in gaming software Unreal Engine by the team at film production company Collider. If the song hasn’t transported you into the ether, the film clip certainly will.

Check out the new video for ‘Running’ below.

‘Running’ is out now and H3000’s debut album is set for release on Friday September 17 via EMI/Astralwerks. For more info on the band, head here.