Mates cre­ate a new pop em­pire

Herald Sun - Hit - - MUSIC - with CAMERON ADAMS

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.

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