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Empire of the Sun – Walking On a Dream (Capitol)

3 April 2009
A collaboration between LUKE STEELE of THE SLEEPY JACKSON and NICK LITTLEMORE of PNAU (with Littlemore’s Pnau partner PETER MAYES in a support role), EMPIRE OF THE SUN is, as might be expected, a meld of Steele’s psychedelic pop smarts and Littlemore’s textural dance music. The debut album Walking On a Dream mostly sublimates Steele’s eccentricity and Littlemore’s electronica into lush pop tunes like “We Are the People,” “Without You” and the title track. “Country,” meanwhile, is a sweeping instrumental that could serve as a theme song for a film about cosmic travel. Steele lets his funky little demons out to play on “Delta Bay,” “Tiger By My Side” and “Swordfish Hotkiss Night,” but otherwise this is the most easily accessible music he’s made. Effortlessly enjoyable.