Wednesday, June 17, 2009

MUSIC REVIEW - Empire Of The Sun - Pair with Villa Maria Cellar Selection Syrah Hawke’s Bay 2007

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 (click here to play)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 (click here to play), We Are The People (click here to play)and Swordfish Hotkiss Night (click here to play).

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. The other reason for my average rating is that this type of music is not new to me. I like this genre, but there are 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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