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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".
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!
They have my respect as a legitimate group that throw a heck of a show. Between videos, laser light shows, costume changes, and dancers, they have a great way of making intense 80's throwback sounds...
They remind me of the days of Flock of Seagulls and Aha mixed with some Human League and Erasure....
Best tracks are: Standing on the Shore, Walking on a Dream, Half Mast, We are the People (biggest hit)
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Love the group and the music! This is a great CD and it is really easy to listen to. I would order this again.Published 17 days ago by Mary R.
Absolutely fantastic album, if this thing weren't digital, I'd have worn it out by now. The extra remixed songs were pretty great too.Published 21 days ago by Michael Tomczyk
if it wasn't for Honda i would have never knew about them, GREAT songs overall love it. bought second album blind. which i never do.Published 1 month ago by Don S.
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