Empire of the Sun's Electro-Pop Is Huge in Australia and Heading Your Way


Our intrepid Australian correspondent Pete Maiden just returned from a voyage to his homeland and reports that this is the biggest thing on the other side of the globe: an insanely catchy electro-pop tune by Empire of the Sun called "Walking on a Dream." The group — Luke Steele of indie-pop band the Sleepy Jackson and Nick Littlemore of electro act Pnau — have a fantasy-rock aesthetic going on that rivals MGMT's "Electric Feel" clip and our favorite Eighties revivalist, Chris Dane Owens of "Shine on Me" fame. The song (which is already the soundtrack to Sydney's summer — yes, be jealous, it's the summer there) was blaring from every bar and pop-radio station on repeat, much like Sneaky Soundsystem were in 2007.

In reference to their epic look, the pair recently told the BBC, "We are superheroes. We are Emperor Steele and Lord Littlemore." We like them already! The group took their name from the JG Ballard novel Steven Spielberg brought to the big screen in 1987 and recorded their debut album Walking on a Dream over two years in Sydney. Steele, who describes the album as "a spiritual road movie," adds "We've done the band thing, which is great, but we wanted it to be a lot more epic and theatrical."

"We want to start something a bit bigger than what bands have been for the past 20 years," he says. "We want to bring entertainment and colour and positivity and melody back into it."

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