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Electronic pioneers Empire of the Sun are back with their second album, Ice On The Dune, set for worldwide release in June 2013. Astralwerks will release the record in the United States. In this new installment of the Empire of the Sun saga, Emperor Steele and Lord Littlemore face an unprecedented challenge in their bid to restore peace to the world, 1,000 years into the future.

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  • Audio CD (April 21, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: October 3, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B001GXPHX0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,166 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Standing on the Shore
2. Walking on a Dream
3. Half Mast
4. We Are the People
5. Delta Bay
6. Country
7. The World
8. Swordfish Hotkiss Night
9. Tiger by My Side
10. Without You

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U.S. pressing of the debut album from Empire Of The Sun, a collaboration between Luke Steele from The Sleepy Jackson and Pnau main-man Nick Littlemore. Though the occupy the same aural terrain as bands like MGMT, Empire Of The Sun stand out in the crowd, chiefly due to their exceptional melodies and the fact that they don't take themselves too seriously. The spectacular album art was created by multi-Aria award winning design studio Debaser and will look amazing in racks and store displays.

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"It's more blissed out than a koala on Xanax." -- Rolling Stone Hot List 2/5/09

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The lyrical content fits the uplifting and dreamy quality of the music well.
rj
When I first listened to this album I had to repeat every song over and over it took me so long to actually get throught to the end.
N. Nichols
This album by Empire Of The Sun can best be described as being an album that recalls the new wave sound of the mid 80's.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Ellis on April 27, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I have been constantly amazed at the depth of this album since picking it up earlier in the year. There hasn't been a band I've so strongly endorsed in years, and part of that is because I think it's accessible to so many different listeners. The production showcases the brilliants melodies perfectly. I haven't cared much for groups like MGMT that have all the feel but no depth. Those groups can certainly kick out a couple singles with catchy keyboard riffs, but they don't have the substance or lyrics to match. It's fitting that Empire of the Sun has such a strong fantasy concept and don't take themselves too seriously, yet have crafted an album that isn't mired in its own kitsch. This accomplishment is truly what sets them apart from the soundalikes that were in this sonic territory first.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 14, 2009
Format: Audio CD
You'd be forgiven for thinking you were back in the Eighties, what with new CDs from Depeche Mode, Pet Shop boys, as well as Eighies-aping acts like La Roux, Little Boots, MGMT and Amazing Baby, to mention a few.

Add Aussie duo Empire Of The Sun to that list. If nice chiming guitars,shimmery synths, fun lyrics and stomping beats are your thing, look no further than the duo's debut "Walking on a dream". Comprising just 10 tracks at a little over 43 minutes, it is shiny Electro Pop perfection.

Sunny, and catchy describes much of the album with a sound matching their flamboyant androgynous image, from opening "Standing on the shore", "Walking on a dream" (with an airy falsetto sung chorus), the chugging "Half mast" to the guitar-festooned sublime "We are the people" ("We are the people/that rule the world" sung in strangled vocals - my absolute favourite).

The bouncy "Delta bay" features Gremlin-sounding vocals in the verses and airy falsetto everyhwere else, while "Country" is a lovely acoustic instrumental (think French duo Air ) with electronic flourishes that makes you feel you're by the sea. "The world" is a psychedelic ambient ballad with a swirling feel, while "Swordfish hotkiss night" is heavily Electro with whispered Prince-style vocals, stabbing synths and sitar effects. "Tiger by my side" takes us back to the bouncy Pop of the earlier half of the disc, while closing is the melancholic spare sounding synth-driven ballad "Without you" (think Ultravox's "Vienna").

Listening to this album, one feels as though "Walking on a dream".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard K. on July 8, 2009
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Its great to hear a band has a promising future. Empire is one of those rarities in this age of forgettable one hit iron ducks. For being their first album, it is a strong effort. It recalls Motown, Prince, and the wierdness of 80s New Wave (electronic) acts like Flock of Seagulls all wrapped up in a new post, "post modern" sound that offers something truely original. Great melodies, sappy, yet relevant lyrics, and wonderful guitars. If this was released in 1982, it would have been a major best seller!

Blame it on poor promotion-"who wants to buy a CD?"-I would have never heard of them had it not been for a friend with great taste. He told me to check out the internet video for the title track and "We Are The People". I was immediately hooked and wanted more. I looked in all my local chains for a copy of the album. No one heard of them, let alone carried them. I ordered a copy on Amazon and havent stopped listening to it! Its not great, but there is much promise. This is a first album. The first four tracks are all perfect. After that, it gets experimental. Thats all fine. It leaves room for growth.

For duo from Australia, they offer a world friendly set of tunes that just might set everyone dancing again. I eagerly await a second release!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on May 22, 2009
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This is the first album by Empire of the Sun, a side project for Luke Steele of The Sleepy Jackson and Nick Littlemore of Pnau. Since both bands appear to be popular in Australia and not in America, I had never heard of them.

"Walking On A Dream" is a strange mix of 80's new wave with modern funk and neo-new wave tendencies. They get compared to MGMT, but actually I think about Prince, Duran Duran, Roxy Music and Pet Shop Boys rolled into one with a dash of 1980's Genesis.

There are key tracks here like "Standing On The Shore", "Walking On A Dream", "Half Mast", "We Are The People" and "Swordfish Hotkiss Night". But there are equally dismal songs like "Delta Bay", "The World", "Tiger By My Side" and, to a lesser degree, "Without You" and the instrumental "Country".

This makes for a mixed album. Neither great nor awful, just average. Still, if the duo continue one with another album, things could get more interesting. They could refine their sound, and make things more compelling. Three and a half stars for me--just slightly above average. The other reason for my average rating is that this type of music is not new to me. I like this genre, and I've been around a long time, and there are just other artists who have mastered this type of music. These two are still feeling their way around, and while their debut is solid, it's not quite the best they can do.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Hull on December 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
A wonderful collaboration and a fantastic album. I was introduced to this album with "Walking on a Dream" and "Half Mast" and found the rest of the album entirely spell binding. Love it!
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