Empire of the Sun are an Australian duo comprised of singer Luke Steele and Nick Littlemoore (also one half of catchy electro group Pnau). Thrust into the spotlight upon release of 2008’s amazing instant-hit “Walking on a Dream” (one of my most-listened to songs of all time), these guys are the maestros of fantasy-flavoured bubblegum pop; Hits that you’d feel embarrassed singing along to if it weren’t for the fact everyone around you was wholeheartedly doing the same. The only thing more ridiculous than their album covers and outfits is the music they conjure, but it doesn’t matter because you’ll find yourself hip-thrusting regardless. Empire of the Sun use a simple instrumentation palate of airy synths, 4-on-the-floor drum programming, and processed guitars, but what makes them so special is the poised and forefront lyrics, melodies, and unmistakable timbre Steele boasts.
Taking their sweet, sweet time with things, Empire of the Sun have put out 2 solid albums in 6 years: 2008’s debut “Walking on a Dream”, and this year’s “Ice on the Dune”, a sonic complementary victory-lap. Update: The sing-song circus act has returned with LP “Two Vines”, another fist-pumping collection of 14 anthemic tunes (get moving to Friends).
Favourite track: Walking on a Dream… Heart-conquering bliss.