After being MIA for five months, Empire of the Sun's Nick Littlemore has resurfaced, although not with weird pop compadre Luke Steele. According to a new interview with Littlemore, he's been doing a bit of globetrotting, and is not only busy working on a new album by his other band, Pnau, but also on new tracks with - get this - Elton John.
"We're making a studio album with Elton John co-writing on some tracks for the next Pnau album," Littlemore told NME. "We met Elton in Australia and his manager has now become our manager."
Littlemore went on to confirm he hasn't seen Steele for five months. When asked why, he had this to say: "I've been working with Cirque du Soleil in Montreal and writing and recording the next Pnau album in London, Atlanta and New York with [Pnau band-mate] Peter Mayes.
He also added that a destroyed cellphone is one of the reasons he hasn't called Steele: "I was recording in Atlanta and swimming with my phone in my pocket. I've never managed to replace it."
Despite Empire of the Sun currently doing the group's first-ever live shows in Australia with Steele running the show minus his right-hand man, it sounds as if Littlemore is now back in full-on Pnau mode and has no intention of returning to the more commercially successful fold.
"We're fully in recording mode and will be playing New York, Miami and Mexico in November," he said of Pnau. "Mexico is a festival called Sonofilia [which takes place in Guadalajara on November 21], which will be huge. There will be new Pnau music some time next year."
And if you've ever heard Pnau's stellar self-titled 2007 effort, this isn't necessarily a bad thing.