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Walking On A Dream

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 21, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: October 3, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B001GXPHX0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,727 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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I love it. Even better than I thought it would be after hearing only small portions of the songs. Futuristic and present at the same time. I feel like I now know an important and satisfying secret having found their music.
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By rascal77 on January 21, 2014
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This is a group I just ran across by accident. The song "Tiger by My Side" was the first song I listened to, and it grew on me. I then ventured further and listened to other songs on the album. "We Are the People" really grabbed me. Anyway, I eventually liked so many of Empire of the Sun's songs that I bought the album. Love it!
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I really like this band and they remind me of the Pet Shop Boys meets MGMT with their blend simple electro music with some acoustic guitar. I like how all the songs don't sound the same and is really easy to listen to. You might recognize the "We are the People" because it was played in the movies 'The Roommate' and 'Hallpass'. This is their first album. Their second album is called "Ice on the Dune".
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Start with their style...these Aussies have some crazy garbs and headgear...the lead singer's voice is so high pitched you think it's a woman singing at times....but when you put it all together w/the synthesizer, it works.
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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