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Empire of the Sun's debut offering of experimental electro-pop and dance-rock is very well-timed, hitting the market just as the buzz surrounding MGMT's Oracular Spectacular has started to recede. Like those similarly colorful Americans, Empire of the Sun's two members embrace the glam lifestyle in spirit and song, wearing festive costumes in concert and festooning their music with oddball flourishes, androgynous lyrics, and a general sense of theatricality that borders on schizophrenia. Walking on a Dream runs an interesting gamut, sampling equally from hip-hop ("Swordfish Hotkiss Night"), arty synth pop ("Standing on the Shore"), and all the stops in between. With its programmed percussion and futuristic keyboards, the music sounds slightly more indebted to Pnau than the Sleepy Jackson; nevertheless, Luke Steele (the brains behind the latter band) takes center stage on the bulk of these songs, speak-singing in a childish tenor one minute and cooing like a lovestruck female the next. The aforementioned MGMT followed a similar path with their own debut -- a fact that simply cannot be emphasized enough, given the vast similarities between both records -- but while MGMT took cues from the likes of David Bowie and Prince, Empire of the Sun's fusion is more reminiscent of worldbeat and fantasy movie soundtracks. The outlandish cover art follows suit, as Steele and Nick Littlemore (dressed up in bizarre Star Wars-styled regalia) are flanked by a decorative elephant, a tiger, and what appears to be the skyline of Atlantis. Like the music it promotes, the cover art is purposely ludicrous, but listeners who have a palette for such whimsy should walk away happy.
© Andrew Leahey /TiVo

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1
Standing On The Shore
00:04:24

Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Vellajo, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nicholas Littlemore, Producer - Empire Of The Sun, MainArtist - Luke Steele, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Nick Littlemore, ComposerLyricist - Peter Mayes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

Artwork (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. ℗ 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore, under exclusive license to EMI Music Australia Pty Ltd.

2
Walking On A Dream
00:03:18

Jonathan Sloan, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Vellajo, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nicholas Littlemore, Producer - Empire Of The Sun, MainArtist - Luke Steele, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Nick Littlemore, ComposerLyricist - Peter Mayes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

Artwork (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. ℗ 2008 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore

3
Half Mast
00:03:54

Jonathan Sloan, Composer, Producer, Additional Producer - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Vellajo, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nicholas Littlemore, Producer, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Empire Of The Sun, MainArtist - Luke Steele, Composer, Producer, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Littlemore, Composer - Peter Mayes, Composer, Mixer, Recorder, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

Artwork (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. ℗ 2008 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore, under exclusive license to EMI Music Australia Pty Ltd

4
We Are The People
00:04:27

Jonathan Sloan, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Vellajo, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nicholas Littlemore, Producer - Empire Of The Sun, MainArtist - Luke Steele, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Nick Littlemore, ComposerLyricist - Peter Mayes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

Artwork (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. ℗ 2008 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore, under exclusive license to EMI Music Australia Pty Ltd.

5
Delta Bay
00:03:14

Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Vellajo, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nicholas Littlemore, Producer, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Empire Of The Sun, MainArtist - Luke Steele, Composer, Producer, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Littlemore, Composer - Peter Mayes, Composer, Mixer, Recorder, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

Artwork (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. ℗ 2008 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore, under exclusive license to EMI Music Australia Pty Ltd.

6
Country
00:05:04

Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Vellajo, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nicholas Littlemore, Producer - Empire Of The Sun, MainArtist - Luke Steele, Producer - Nick Littlemore, ComposerLyricist - Peter Mayes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

Artwork (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. ℗ 2008 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore, under exclusive license to EMI Music Australia Pty Ltd

7
The World
00:04:37

Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nicholas Littlemore, Producer, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Empire Of The Sun, MainArtist - Luke Steele, Composer, Producer, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Littlemore, Composer - Peter Mayes, Composer, Mixer, Recorder, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

Artwork (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. ℗ 2008 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore, under exclusive license to EMI Music Australia Pty Ltd.

8
Swordfish Hotkiss Night
00:03:55

Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nicholas Littlemore, Producer, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Empire Of The Sun, MainArtist - Luke Steele, Composer, Producer, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Littlemore, Composer - Peter Mayes, Composer, Mixer, Recorder, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

Artwork (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. ℗ 2008 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore, under exclusive license to EMI Music Australia Pty Ltd.

9
Tiger By My Side
00:05:48

Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Vellajo, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nicholas Littlemore, Producer, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Empire Of The Sun, MainArtist - Luke Steele, Composer, Producer, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Littlemore, Composer - Peter Mayes, Composer, Mixer, Recorder, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

Artwork (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. ℗ 2008 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore, under exclusive license to EMI Music Australia Pty Ltd.

10
Without You
00:05:00

Jonathan Sloan, Composer, Producer, Additional Producer - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Vellajo, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nicholas Littlemore, Producer, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Empire Of The Sun, MainArtist - Luke Steele, Composer, Producer, Performer, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Littlemore, Composer - Peter Mayes, Composer, Mixer, Recorder, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

Artwork (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. ℗ 2008 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore, under exclusive license to EMI Music Australia Pty Ltd.

11
Breakdown
00:02:40

Empire Of The Sun, MainArtist - Luke Steele, Composer - Nick Littlemore, Composer - Peter Mayes, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Recorder, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - William Bowden, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

Artwork (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. ℗ 2008 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore

12
Romance To Me
00:03:26

Graeme Durham, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Empire Of The Sun, Producer, MainArtist - Nick Littlemore, Composer - Peter Mayes, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

Artwork (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. ℗ 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore

13
Walking On A Dream Sam La More 12" Remix
00:07:52

Jonathan Sloan, ComposerLyricist - Empire Of The Sun, MainArtist - Luke Steele, ComposerLyricist - Nick Littlemore, ComposerLyricist

Artwork (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. ℗ 2008 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore

14
Standing On The Shore Losers Remix
00:06:39

Chris Vellajo, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Empire Of The Sun, Producer, MainArtist - Luke Steele, Composer - Nick Littlemore, Composer - Peter Mayes, Composer, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Ruberto, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Losers, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

Artwork (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. ℗ 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore

15
We Are The People The Shapeshifters Vocal Remix
00:08:17

Jonathan Sloan, ComposerLyricist - Empire Of The Sun, MainArtist - Luke Steele, ComposerLyricist - Nick Littlemore, ComposerLyricist

Artwork (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. ℗ 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd. and Nick Littlemore, under exclusive license to EMI Music Australia Pty Ltd.

16
Without You New Version
00:03:31

Jonathan Sloan, Composer, Producer - Jeremy Wheatley, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Davey, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Empire Of The Sun, Producer, MainArtist - Luke Steele, Composer - Nick Littlemore, Composer - Peter Mayes, Composer, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

Artwork (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. ℗ 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore

17
Swordfish Hotkiss Night Eron Mezza Remix
00:02:22

Empire Of The Sun, MainArtist - Luke Steele, Composer - Nick Littlemore, Composer - Peter Mayes, Composer

Artwork (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. ℗ 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore

18
Standing On The Shore Hey Today! Remix
00:04:46

Empire Of The Sun, MainArtist - Luke Steele, ComposerLyricist - Nick Littlemore, ComposerLyricist - Peter Mayes, ComposerLyricist

Artwork (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. ℗ 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore

19
Walking On A Dream Ben Watt Remix
00:07:28

Jonathan Sloan, Composer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Empire Of The Sun, MainArtist - Luke Steele, Composer - Nick Littlemore, Composer - Peter Mayes, Mixer, Recorder, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Oscar Gaona, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

Artwork (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. ℗ 2008 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore

20
We Are The People Shazam Remix
00:05:44

Jonathan Sloan, ComposerLyricist - Empire Of The Sun, MainArtist - Luke Steele, ComposerLyricist - Nick Littlemore, ComposerLyricist

Artwork (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. ℗ 2008 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd. and Nick Littlemore, under exclusive license to EMI Music Australia Pty Ltd.

21
Girl
00:03:58

Graeme Durham, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Empire Of The Sun, Producer, MainArtist - Nick Littlemore, Composer - Peter Mayes, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

Artwork (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. ℗ 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore

22
Etude
00:02:27

Graeme Durham, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Empire Of The Sun, Producer, MainArtist - Luke Steele, Composer - Nick Littlemore, Composer - Peter Mayes, Composer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

Artwork (C) 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore. ℗ 2009 The Sleepy Jackson Pty Ltd and Nick Littlemore

Album Description

Empire of the Sun's debut offering of experimental electro-pop and dance-rock is very well-timed, hitting the market just as the buzz surrounding MGMT's Oracular Spectacular has started to recede. Like those similarly colorful Americans, Empire of the Sun's two members embrace the glam lifestyle in spirit and song, wearing festive costumes in concert and festooning their music with oddball flourishes, androgynous lyrics, and a general sense of theatricality that borders on schizophrenia. Walking on a Dream runs an interesting gamut, sampling equally from hip-hop ("Swordfish Hotkiss Night"), arty synth pop ("Standing on the Shore"), and all the stops in between. With its programmed percussion and futuristic keyboards, the music sounds slightly more indebted to Pnau than the Sleepy Jackson; nevertheless, Luke Steele (the brains behind the latter band) takes center stage on the bulk of these songs, speak-singing in a childish tenor one minute and cooing like a lovestruck female the next. The aforementioned MGMT followed a similar path with their own debut -- a fact that simply cannot be emphasized enough, given the vast similarities between both records -- but while MGMT took cues from the likes of David Bowie and Prince, Empire of the Sun's fusion is more reminiscent of worldbeat and fantasy movie soundtracks. The outlandish cover art follows suit, as Steele and Nick Littlemore (dressed up in bizarre Star Wars-styled regalia) are flanked by a decorative elephant, a tiger, and what appears to be the skyline of Atlantis. Like the music it promotes, the cover art is purposely ludicrous, but listeners who have a palette for such whimsy should walk away happy.
© Andrew Leahey /TiVo

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