Sydney trio RÜFÜS DU SOL are giving their fans two reasons to get excited with today's announcement of a brand new live album and film. 

Recorded and filmed on the desert plains of Joshua Tree in California, the double Grammy-nominated outfit said the idea came while wrapping up work on their third studio album, 2018's Solace.

"We stayed up all night writing as the sun rose, this creeping light over the valley made its way into the room. We climbed these wild rock formations to a little vista at the top, about 100 feet above where we were writing and sat to take in the sunrise," drummer James Hunt said.

"We were listening to tunes on a speaker and someone put on Time by the Pachanga Boys. Watching dawn break with this epic 15 minute journey playing out, we started joking about putting together a sunrise set in the desert where we would play to no one.

"People talk a lot of shit in the desert at 5am, but walking around this alien world at dawn, we definitely felt there was something calling us back out there. So over an 18 month period, we workshopped ideas and locations and finally were able to to put time aside to shoot in September last year. It was decided sunset would be more practical for our crew. We originally planned for it to be a live stream, but as the idea grew and the production got bigger and bigger, it organically morphed into a film.

"It’s something that’s taken two years to pull together and something we are so excited to share with the world and make available everywhere.”

The RÜFÜS DU SOL: Live from JoshuaTree album is set for release on 6 March via Warner Music, and the Live from Joshua Tree film will be released on YouTube the same day.