EMPIRE OF THE SUN
Ice On The Dune
CHART- topping Aussie electronic pop duo Empire of the Sun return with more of what people loved about their debut. This sophomore set is fun- loving, joyous and fl uffy. It is awash with big, bright hooks and sing- a- long choruses. It ticks every pop music box there is. The duo has programmed the album’s feel to go up and up, ease off a little, then up again before fi nishing with a torch song and its hopeful message backed by the Harlem Gospel Choir. Everything they do is well considered. From the very fi rst song, the short intro Lux, the album is made of shimmering melodies and grand gestures. DNA sports compressed guitars and electro- pop rhythms, glowing and warm. Singer Luke Steele shows off a distinct vocal tone that ranges from grainy to much higher pitches with ease. Alive is the obvious single, it is the feeling of elation captured in a pop song. Awakenings is the album’s best slower tune with more of a pop structure than a pop- house one, good, but not quite as punchy as the refl ective balladry of I’ll Be Around.