Mates create a new pop empire
NO ONE DEFEATS US DREAMS (EMI)
THESE are the things that Dreams are made of — two Australian music icons who will happily sabotage the easy option rather than rely on selling themselves on what they’ve done before.
Daniel Johns outgrew rock decades ago and Luke Steele has always walked on the wilder side. Here they are together in (very) electric Dreams. It’s not a
huge leap from Steele’s work with Empire Of the Sun — but taken somewhere a little more twisted.
Single and rally cry No One Defeats Us was the perfect introduction — divisive and distinctive. Equal parts The Clash and LCD Soundystem. Total effs given: zero.
Numbers On the Board is full of Johns’ falsetto robotic vocals and cash register rings.
Movies, about watching films, throws in percolating synths with a solo that sounds like it was played on video game Guitar Hero.
Young Minds is Empire Of the Sun on Quaaludes — blunted beats with the pair sharing vocal duties, Dreams is straight ahead Empire Of the Sun — sun-kissed electro pop with ’80s guitars and synths.
California pinpoints one of their influences — Daft Punk — with digital funk grooves and cut up autotuned vocals.
Odd Party indeed sounds like an odd party at Jabba the Hutt’s hut, while anyone triggered by Daniel Johns’ electronically altered vocals should avoid
Always. It’s one of the album’s best moments, but he sings pretty much gibberish over mystic Frankie Goes To Hollywood meets Mike Oldfield electro-folk vibes.
For all the experimentation, the pair are bonded by their love of a great pop song. And if there’s going to be a commercial hit, here it’s Love To Live. And if it doesn’t connect with the masses, they’ll just Dream it all up all over again.
VERDICT wildest Dreams